Let’s talk about Emiliano Buendia. It’s no secret that Liverpool were previously interested in the Argentinian starlet.
According to The Athletic, Jurgen Klopp was keeping close tabs on Jamal Lewis and Buendia in January 2020 while Norwich were still in the Premier League.
As we all know, Liverpool had a bid rejected for Lewis before he made the decision to join Newcastle United back in September.
Still, Buendia remains a Norwich player and the noise outside of Carrow Road has gone particularly quiet in recent months.
Ripping up the Championship
In fact, Daniel Farke’s players have been doing their talking on the pitch this season, with the Canaries in a commanding position for an immediate return to the Premier League.
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Norwich are currently 10 points clear at the top of the Championship table following their gargantuan victory against second-placed Brentford last night.
Of course, it had to be Buendia who poked home the winner as Norwich look to command an unassailable lead over their play-off rivals.
The former La Liga starlet now has an impressive 10 goals and 12 assists in 28 Championship appearances this season.
Only three players have more direct goal contributions than Buendia this season, too – Ivan Toney of Brentford, Adam Armstrong of Blackburn and Lucas Joao of Reading.
Will Liverpool be looking at Buendia?
So, the question we need to be asking is should Liverpool be monitoring Bunedia’s developments between now and the end of the season?
Well, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to see what it would take to convince Farke and the board to give up the 24-year-old talisman this summer.
Buendia, who joined Norwich from Getafe for a £1.5 million fee [Eastern Daily Press] has a contract at Carrow Road, after all, which isn’t due to expire until 2024.
With that said, Norwich are in no immediate position to sell.
Still, as has been showcased with Lewis and Ben Godfrey, Norwich are prepared to sell their best players for the right price.
Also, given Liverpool’s need to identify a long-term midfield alternative to Gini Wijnladum, it could be beneficial to look for a player with Premier League experience.
Buendia, similarly to Wijnaldum, would be joining from a previously relegated outfit – and we know how successful Liverpool have been with such an approach in the past.
Indeed, a lot can still change from now until the summer, but given the devastating form of Buendia this term, it’s certainly worth Liverpool exploring the prospect of reinvigorated interest.
We’ll certainly be watching Buendia’s progress as Norwich close in on an immediate return to England’s top-flight.