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Odsonne Edouard showcases why Liverpool should consider him for 2021

It is no secret that at some point in the distant future, Liverpool will have to look at revamping their attacking options in an attempt to find the next set of generational talents.

The hardest area for Liverpool to recruit in currently is unquestionably the attack given their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are as good as any in Europe.

However, Klopp knows the dynamic could change in 2o21 and the need for another top-quality forward could be required.

With that said, Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard could become a viable option next year.

He is just 22, scored 27 goals last season while registering an impressive 19 assists. He could be exactly what Liverpool need in 2021.

The Scottish Premiership recently returned for the 2020/21 campaign, and Edouard has four goals already in three matches.

One of the strikes came during a Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik on Tuesday as Celtic took a step closer to qualification into the group stages of the competition. It is worth mentioning that is was a hugely impressive individual goal.

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The Times recently reported that Edouard is considered by Celtic to be worth around £30 million while The Mail estimate that a more recent valuation would be closer to £40m .

This would play into Liverpool’s hands in terms of price and profile as Edouard is still very much an unproven prospect at the top end of the footballing pyramid and given the Reds’ track record in developing rough diamonds into global superstars, Edouard certainly fits the Liverpool profile.

It certainly is a gamble to take a risk on a player whose talents are utilised in the Scottish league when considering Liverpool’s status as English, European and world champions.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 18: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic celebrates after scoring his team’s fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League: First Qualifying Round match between Celtic and KR Reykjavik at Celtic Park on August 18, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, the club have benefited before in buying players from uncharted areas of the transfer market so it is unlikely that Liverpool are going to change a club model that has brought so much success over the years.

Also, Celtic shouldn’t be overlooked either in their ability to recruit future world-class talents.

It is worth noting that both Virgil van Dijk and Moussa Dembele were both at Celtic Park before becoming European elite stars while Keiran Tierney is another prospect who is expected to make it to the top.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Sadio Mane of Liverpool (C) celebrates with teammates Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (L) and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (R) after scoring their 1st goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City at Anfield on October 5, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The argument for another striker

Even if his price-tag continues to rise as his development takes speed, Liverpool should continue to monitor Edouard.

The argument for a new striker is that Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all 28 and cannot be expected to carry the attacking burden at Anfield forever.

It is important that Liverpool remain proactive and look for options to uncover a new dynamic if Liverpool’s current attacking trident were ever to gradually decline in performance levels.

Liverpool have showcased in the past that the club tend to avoid shopping at the top end of the market with the club reluctant to pay the extortionate transfer fees that come with world superstars such as Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz.

Edouard has time on his side and so do Liverpool, if the France U21 international continues his upward trajectory then there is every possibility that the Reds will start paying close attention.

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