Liverpool want a new forward akin to Mohamed Salah, according to reports. They’re running a risk with that plan, however.
Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast that Liverpool want a new forward. Specifically, they’re after someone similar to Mohamed Salah.
“My information is that Liverpool have a budget to sign a striker, who can also play wide, in the summer window and it’s a substantial budget,” said Castles.
“They’re looking for a player of similar type to Mo Salah.
“Now, I’m not saying that means Salah is leaving, I’m just saying that Liverpool are doing the proprietary work to sign a player of his type.”
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This would be a big move. After all, Salah isn’t like the usual type of forward Jurgen Klopp uses.
Roberto Firmino typically takes the role but he’s a very different player. Whereas Salah aims to run in behind and attack the goal, the Brazilian drifts away from the traditional space.
He pulls defenders away, forces them to make decisions and creates further space for his teammates. Liverpool build their system around it.
The wingers thrive on the space Firmino creates. That, in turn, allows the full-backs to push on. Liverpool also don’t require a midfielder to link the forwards, given Firmino does it.
But if the Reds had a Salah-like striker, that falls apart. Instead, they’ll have someone looking to push behind and stretch defences.
They’ll probably need to bring in an attacking midfielder to play in the hold, while the wingers may face more time out wide. It’s a big tactical change but not necessarily a bad one.
We’ve seen in recent weeks how Diogo Jota can play that role. Liverpool looked sharper with him running in behind and they’re certainly more direct.
Now it appears Klopp wants to solidify that plan with his next forward. We’ll see if he can find the right player because it will take someone special to shake things up.