Raul Jimenez of Benfica looks on during a SL Benfica press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio da Luz on April 12, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Benfica’s Raul Jimenez and the Mexican could be a replacement for Daniel Sturridge, who limped off the pitch during a 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

It appeared as though Sturridge was beginning to put his injury demons behind him after he scored two goals in consecutive Premier League appearances. Both strikes were opportunistic but emphasised the quality he brings as a centre-forward to the side, but all that means very little if Sturridge misses out again through injury.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp said, “[Sturridge] got a knock on his right ankle. I don’t think it’s too bad.”

The thing about Sturridge and knocks is that it’s always a little more serious than you think and so, with Sadio Mane heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations and Danny Ings injured for the rest of the season, signing a new forward might be wise.

Squawka report that Liverpool are interested in signing Benfica’s 22-year-old striker Raul Jimenez. The forward has scored eight goals in 18 games this season and Klopp has identified the Mexican as a player who would suit his high-intensity style of play.

That being said, it’s far likelier that Jimenez would move in the summer as Benfica don’t want to lose their star striker midway through the season.

There aren’t any targets for Liverpool which look likely to sign this month and once again the winter transfer window is proving why it’s so difficult to find quality in the middle of a season. Klopp will be keeping his eye on the market but as things stand, no players are headed to Anfield before next summer.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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