According to Andy Hunter of The Guardian, Jürgen Klopp will sign a top forward this summer regardless of what happens on the final day of the season.
Many pundits have voiced the opinion in recent months that what Klopp’s Liverpool is missing is the presence of a really clinical striker. This was made all the more clear with Daniel Sturridge’s highly enjoyable cameo against West Ham last weekend.
The Englishman scored the opening goal in a 4-0 win, racing clear to round Adrian and slot home to score just his third Premier League goal of the season.
Daniel Sturridge was incredible for Liverpool during the 2013/14 season, scoring 21 league goals but the fact of the matter is that he just cannot maintain an acceptable fitness level to help Klopp’s side to success.
As Klopp poignantly mentioned this week, Sturridge isn’t fit often enough.
“Of course,” said Klopp, when asked in an interview this week whether Sturridge had a future at Anfield. Then came the proviso. “A fit Sturridge is an unbelievable player,” he continued. “That’s a pity of the situation, [it’s] not often enough. But he’s now fit, spot on, trained two or three weeks.”
As such, The Guardian’s Andy Hunter reports that Liverpool will be in the market for a top forward this summer, with Sturridge unreliable.
Hunter writes, “Liverpool will be in the market for a top striker this summer regardless of Sunday’s outcome and, along with the rest of Europe’s wealthiest clubs, admire Monaco’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé. There is a considerable distance between admiring and signing, of course.“
It was reported earlier this week that Liverpool had a £64 million bid for Mbappe rejected by AS Monaco as the Ligue 1 club is holding out for a fee closer to £85 million.
If Liverpool do sign a new forward this summer, it is highly unlikely that Klopp will move for the ‘new Thierry Henry.’ At just 18 years of age, there is no chance that FSG will sanction a move for a player that would cost £20 million more than Luis Suarez was sold for.
Although Mbappe has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season, very few clubs will find the logic in spending nearly £100 million on a teenager. He might have helped the French club on an inspirational Champions League run but it’s a risk that could be cut short by injury or a number of other factors.
There are other forwards out there that better suit Liverpool that would cost considerably less.
Olympique Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette is on the move this summer and would present both more experience and a more cost-effective option.
While there are reports which indicate that the French forward could move to Atletico Madrid to team up with compatriot Antoine Griezmann, Liverpool should test the waters with a bid as Lyon has resigned themselves to losing Lacazette this summer.
Regardless of what happens, it’s great news to hear that Liverpool plans on singing a top forward as it’s something which the club has been missing since Luis Suarez left in 2014.