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Opinion: Liverpool could be forced into big signing if reports are true

Liverpool may have to make a big signing this summer if they’re to play catch up. That comes after reports they won’t get their way this time around.

There are some pretty strong links between Florian Neuhaus and Liverpool right now. And with good reason.

AS are the latest outlet to report on the two. They claim the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is almost certainly moving to Anfield.

But they really are just the latest – go back a week and the Guardian are saying how Liverpool have eyes on the German. Go back a few months and Kicker link the two.

It all makes complete sense. Liverpool need to replace Gini Wijnaldum in midfield as the Dutchman leaves with the end of his contract. And in Neuhaus, the Reds find a player with fantastic value.

He’s young enough (24) to carry on beyond most of the current stars. But Neuhaus is also experienced enough to play right now and good enough to contribute at a high level.

There’s a reason he’s in the Germany squad for Euro 2020, after all – Neuhaus is a very good player.

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And yet, despite all the links, Liverpool might not get him after all. Bild’s Tobi Altschaffl claims Neuhaus will stay put for a year. And if that is the case, where do Liverpool go?

A big Liverpool signing?

Liverpool tend to pick a signing they want and stick to it. It’s what saw them wait half a season extra just to sign Virgil van Dijk. That one certainly paid off.

They also waited a year for Naby Keita, such did they believe he’d be a key player. That one, admittedly, didn’t quite turn out as Van Dijk’s did.

So if Neuhaus really is the man for them, we think Liverpool will wait and try again in a year. That tends to be their style.

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At the same time, the squad needs something new this summer. There’s Ibrahima Konate, of course, but he only fixes the defence. There are still issues going forward.

Liverpool looked blunt in attack last season, relying heavily on Mohamed Salah. They need to fix that and freshen things up a little.

Signing both a Wijnaldum replacement and a forward would do that, splitting their transfer funds across two positions. But if their preferred Wijnaldum replacement isn’t moving this summer, we think the best option may be to put it all in on a striker.

And maybe that’s the direction they’re heading in. We’ve seen links to Alexander Isak in recent days – a £60m 21-year-old who looks like a superstar.

Liverpool need to bounce back next season. If they can’t use two players to do that, it’s probably time to go big on one.

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