Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and will look to hijack a move to China.
Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona has left Liverpool with a lot of cash to spend on players but has also left Jurgen Klopp with a gaping hole in his side.
While signing a striker will not be a direct solution to the issue at hand, signing a player like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is never a bad thing as he automatically guarantees you 25+ goals a season.
According to French outlet Le10Sport, Liverpool are keen on seizing on Aubameyang’s reluctance to leave Europe and make a move for the highly rated number nine. The Gabon forward rejected a move to China in the summer despite the promise of a £26m salary after tax and this could play into the Reds’ hands.
Given their Dortmund connection, Aubameyang and Jurgen Klopp have worked together before and, as per the oh so reliable Metro, the Reds manager is “open to a reunion.”
I do find it difficult to believe that Liverpool will be targeting a striker this month or in the summer until a real replacement for Coutinho is found. There is no denying the quality that Aubameyang has but he’s just not what the Reds need even if he would be an excellent player for the club.
A player who would be a top swap for Coutinho is Riyad Mahrez. I firmly believe the Algerian could make the switch from playing as a winger to playing as a creative midfielder in a three.
He might lack the physicality and the defensive attributes but going forward, Mahrez is a top player and is as good, if not better at both beating a man and finding the back of the net when compared to Philippe Coutinho.
He’s also won the Premier League.
Liverpool will bring a player in to replace Coutinho but whether that will be this month or in the summer transfer window is unclear.
Given my knowledge of Jurgen Klopp, I fully expect the German to wait until the end of the season to get some perspective on the situation and avoid panic buying like Brendan Rodgers used to.
The last thing we need is someone like Mario Balotelli or Rickie Lambert to arrive and waste a good opportunity to reinvest.