Transfer expert Duncan Castles says Liverpool are investigating signing a forward like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in January.
He told the Transfer Window Podcast that he’s been told Liverpool are in the market for a new forward and are looking for another rapid wide player to come in during January due to AFCON.
Castles said: “They have been pleased, as you say, with Diogo Jota since he’s joined the club, but ideally, I’m told they’re looking for another player who has that little bit of extra pace that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have. So another super-fast forward to add to the attack.
“Part of this is obviously driven by the Africa Cup of Nations – if it goes ahead as expected. It will run from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon; they are due to lose both Salah and Mane to that tournament.”
Fortunately, they’re not going to be gone for too long but Mane and Salah’s AFCON absence is a hint of what things would be like if disaster struck and they were injured long term.
Salah is the best player in the world right now, so technically there is no way to replace him. Mane is world-class in his own right as well, but signing someone that can mask their absence is what Jurgen Klopp needs.
Diogo Jota is the perfect example of the value of having another forward able to score high-quality goals from low-quality chances and the impact it has on Liverpool’s play.
When he received the ball from Andy Robertson it wasn’t a big chance, but the first-time Cruyff turn from Jota wrong-footed Allan. He was in, he took one touch and then bang: It was in the back of the net.
The Portuguese forward had no right scoring that goal from the position he did, so signing someone like Raphinha to provide that quality on the right when Salah is unavailable or being rested is ideal.