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Solving the attacking conundrum at Liverpool without Ismaila Sarr

It’s quite staggering to believe that nearly six weeks into the summer transfer window Liverpool have really had a concrete interest in just one attacking prospect.

Ismaila Sarr seems to be the only attacking target that has been credibly linked with the club following reports from The Evening Standard.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 29: Ismaila Sarr of Watford breaks past Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool to score his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on February 29, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

However, given that the report claims it will take a fee in the region of £40 million to land the Senagalese ace the prospect of Liverpool signing the Watford forward appears bleak at best.

Off the evidence of the ongoing rumour mill regarding the transfer window, it would appear that despite limited options up-front, Liverpool do not deem an attacking player currently in the market as a major priority.

How can this be resolved?

Despite a lack of activity in viable external targets, this isn’t to say that Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff are not working behind the scenes to find internal solutions to any potential attacking conundrums that could arise next season.

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Takumi Minamino showcased his credentials for the upcoming campaign following an impressive cameo off the bench against Arsenal which was rewarded with the Japanese international’s first goal for the club since his January signing.

Meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri has returned to first-team training following an update from reputable journalist David Lynch.

The Switzerland international’s fitness this season could be pivotal given that his injury woes last season in effect left Divock Origi – who himself has missed the majority of the club’s pre-season so far –  as Liverpool’s default fourth attacker.

Rhian Brewson’s short term future also remains ambiguous following on from the Wembley heartbreak that saw the young forward, unfortunately, miss the decisive spot-kick.

Reports regarding a loan move for the 20-year-old have stalled and even if he were to stay, it still will not offer Klopp attacking deputies to help offload the attacking burden that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have had to carry over the previous two seasons.

In the case of injury, a need for a rest or just poor form, Klopp will hope for options if his team are to lay the foundations for their upcoming Premier League title defence.

Liverpool’s Guinean midfielder Naby Keita (C) watches his shot score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

More goals required from midfield

Naby Keita and Curtis Jones could offer an alternative solution if either versatile midfielder were to take up a more advanced role up the pitch.

Keita demonstrated late on in the season that with an added array of goals to his game as he showcased against Chelsea, he could feel like a new signing for Klopp next season.

Meanwhile, Jones has demonstrated a maturity above his years to effortlessly slot in as Adam Lallana’s natural successor following the Englishman’s recent departure to Brighton.

Still, even if Jones and Keita were to provide more goals from midfield, it still wouldn’t give Klopp another viable solution to match the attacking qualities of Salah and Mane.

The durability of Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three in recent seasons one of the collective assets that have established the trio as arguably the best in world football.

Of course, if all can avoid a major injury for a third consecutive season then Klopp’s worries will be all but made redundant yet there just isn’t that guarantee in the modern game.

This could still change given the transfer window isn’t set to close until October 5, but considering the growing media obsession regarding the futures of Thiago Alcantara and Georginio Wijnaldum, it begs the question as to why Liverpool’s attacking necessities are not being as heavily focussed in the transfer rumour mill?

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