Liverpool want Alexander Isak, according to reports. But who is the Swedish striker?
Noticias de Gipuzkoa claims Liverpool want Alexander Isak this summer. They follow him closely, says the outlet, and see him as a potential long-term replacement for Roberto Firmino.
He’d cost around £60m with his release clause, though. This wouldn’t be a cheap signing. So who is Isak and why do Liverpool want him?
Isak is a 21-year-old Swedish striker playing for Real Sociedad and his national team. He’s already playing at an elite level, though.
He bagged 17 La Liga goals in 2020/21 and 33 goals in all competitions over the last two seasons. He’s firmly a player on the up.
As for what Isak is actually like – he brings a little bit of everything. He’s good with the ball at his feet despite being comfortably over 6ft tall. He’s fast, too, but can use his strength to hold off defenders.
And then he’s got that great strike-rate.
Defensively, Isak ticks the right boxes, too. Per FBref, he’s 80th percentile for the amount he presses in the final third among forwards. Impressively, he’s also 80th percentile for the percentage of successful presses.
Players struggle to play around him – Isak is 92nd percentile among forwards for being dribbled past. As in, only 8% of forwards are dribbled past less often.
In terms of profile, then, Isak feels near-perfect. He’s already a fantastic striker and one who’s still very young. This is a player who’s only going to get better.
And you can easily see how good he is for yourself. Isak is currently with Sweden at Euro 2020 and looked great in their opening game.
Can Liverpool get him?
Now, this is a slightly complex one. The short answer is yes – he’s got that release clause and if Liverpool pay it, they’ll surely get him.
But there are a couple of complications.
The main one is Borussia Dortmund. They sold Isak to Sociedad but, per ESPN, put a £25m buy-back clause in the deal.
If they want him, they can surely get him. Especially if Jadon Sancho leaves this summer as expected. It’s hard to think of a better long-term Erling Haaland replacement, either.
At the very least, they may fancy brining Isak back to them purely to sell at a profit. It would actually be fairly strange if they didn’t do that, in truth.
The other issues is that Liverpool reportedly need money before making more signings. That’s what the Athletic claims and we believe it.
Maybe Liverpool can scrape enough money together to fund Isak but it’ll take time. And who knows what happens between now and then?
This is one to watch, then. We’ve wanted Isak at Liverpool for some time but it’s not an easy deal to do.
We’ll cross our fingers, certainly.