Liverpool could sign Dries Mertens as an attacking alternative during the winter window.

The 32-year-old striker appears to set to leave current club Napoli in the next few weeks.

In the final year of his contract, Mertens has shown no interest in re-signing and the Italian side are looking to cash in.

According to Calciomercato, the Belgian will be available for as little a £8m in January; a price-tag that has understandably attracted interest from Europe’s biggest and best sides.

The report claims Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Dortmund are all vying for the player’s signature.

 

However, Liverpool should look to hijack any potential deal with a bid for the player. The Reds have seen what Mertens can do; the Belgian has been a thorn in our side over the past couple of years.

By adding him to our squad, Jurgen Klopp would have another world-class option to play across our forward line. This would mean rest and rotation for our front three who carry a heavy load. They will certainly need some down time as we head into a busy festive period and a massive first few months of the new year.

A move for Mertens would also help us develop our youth prospects. Rhian Brewster is in desperate need of a loan move for competitive first-team football. However, that has been held up by our need for striking cover beyond Divock Origi.

By bringing in Mertens, Liverpool could afford to loan out Brewster. He would get some games and goals under his belt and come back to Anfield ready for a important role next season.

Despite his age Mertens has a lot to offer Liverpool, who can get themselves a world-class player for next to nothing. The Reds should move for him, it really is a no-brainer.

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