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Opinion: Liverpool need one more thing before Alexander Isak is a must-have signing

Alexander Isak is close to a must-have signing right now. Liverpool will surely want to get involved – if they see one more thing.

Another game, another goal – Alexander Isak has been on fire for Sweden this week. This time he fired home against Greece in a 2-0 win.

That win puts Sweden on the cusp of World Cup qualification. They’re on 15 points from six games, two ahead of Spain and now six points above third-place Greece.

This goal was a good one, too, though not quite as special as the one Isak produced against Kosovo a few days ago. Still, we all got to see what a special player he is once again.

A long kick from Robin Olsen wasn’t handled very well by the Greek defenders. Isak pounced, driving in behind, poking the ball under the on-rushing goalkeeper before composing himself wonderfully as opponents charged back.

The 22-year-old simply waited for the defender to commit before chipping it into the far corner. It was a moment that made Isak look like an elite striker.

And so it’s worth asking the question – is Isak a potential Liverpool signing?

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Should Liverpool be signing Isak?

Reports linked Liverpool with Isak over the summer after he impressed at Euro 2020. Noticias de Gipuzkoa, to name one, suggested the Reds wanted the Swede.

He stayed put with Real Sociedad, however, and signed a new contract. It’ll now take a very large fee to sign Isak – but he might just be worth it.

After all, this is a player who scored 17 goals in La Liga last season. He then caught the eye at Euro 2020 and now he’s looking very impressive in World Cup qualifiers.

Liverpool are a side that lacks an elite, traditional centre-forward. Isak could be exactly that, though, as a striker who offers just about every kind of threat.

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Just in the last few days, we’ve seen him bag goals through a mix of pace, dribbling, composure and finding the top corner from 25 yards.

There’s really only one thing missing – consistency. Isak scored 17 goals last season but that’s his standout campaign. He’s yet to show it wasn’t a one-off, at least to the extent where a team could justify a giant fee.

Zero goals for Sociedad this season is a notable statistic, even if Isak has had injury issues. That would be the one thing that needs to change if Liverpool are to push forward with their reported interest.

If he proves he can do it again, Isak becomes one of the hottest prospects going. A 22-year-old striker who can score at the elite level and beat teams any way you need him to.

We’ll cross our fingers that he shows it, then.

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