While Liverpool’s interest in Thiago Alcantara continues to dominate headlines, Liverpool may also have another potential target in mind.
Reports from Zambia (Far Post) claim that Liverpool are paying attention to RB Salzburg forward Patson Daka.
Daka scored 24 goals in 31 league appearances for the Austrian outfit last season.
In all competitions, he netted an impressive 27 goals and provided a further 12 assists having clocked up 45 appearances in all competitions. One of these goals came in the Champions League.
Daka, 21, most recently caught the attention of manager Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Austria during a match against Salzburg in which Daka was on the scoresheet twice during a 2-2 stalemate with the Premier League champions.
In 2017, Daka was crowned the Young African Player of the Year and his career has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
Liverpool most recently benefited from the services of an upcoming prospect from Salzburg following Takumi Minamino’s Anfield arrival back in January.
The 24-year-old versatile forward signed for a bargain £7.25 million fee [BBC] earlier this year and recently netted his first goal for the Reds during Liverpool’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.
A cheap and viable option
The Mail report that Liverpool would have to pay around £20 million to land Daka.
If these reports are to be true it would represent a modest amount for an upcoming talent who clearly has a talent for finding the back of the net.
Considering Liverpool have been linked with attacking options such as Watford’s Ismailia Sarr who reportedly has an asking price of £40 million [Evening Standard], a move for Daka would be a much cheaper and viable option for Klopp.
Daka has thrived at Salzburg ever since Erling Haaland was sold to Bourssia Dortmund in January.
He told Goal at the time Haaland’s departure: “When you’re given this kind of opportunity, you have to utilise it and grab it with both your hands and I felt like this is the time now.”
Renowned for his finishing and goalscoring instincts, Daka typically thrives as a striker but he can also feature in the right-wing too.
Liverpool need some fresh attacking back-ups to aid the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino who cannot all be expected to carry the forward mantle at the club forever.
Daka is less proven than former attacking targets such as Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner, but his profile and untapped potential is something that befits a typical Liverpool target – more importantly, he would be more than half the price of Werner.
Liverpool have thrived in the past from sensible negotiating and Daka would be a good investment in the current market.
His recent brace against Liverpool undoubtedly got Klopp’s attention, it could be a catalyst to demonstrate he can translate his form in Austria to the home of the current Premier League champions.
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