Liverpool can scout Benjamin Sesko up-close and personal this summer after reports of a pre-season friendly with RB Salzburg being lined up.
According to The Times, Liverpool will head to Austria once more this pre-season. There, they’ve arranged up friendlies against both Leipzig and Salzburg.
Having been credited with ‘closely monitoring’ Sesko earlier this year, Liverpool can now see him in the flesh.
Jurgen Klopp reportedly pulled the trigger on Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez after seeing him play his team live. Should Sesko make a similar impression, maybe The Reds will bolster their attacking options even further.
Reinforcements still needed
Having now signed Nunez, or as close to signed as possible, Klopp may be satisfied with his forward players.
But with Divock Origi gone, Sadio Mane on his way out and now Takumi Minamino in talks with other clubs, Liverpool still look a little light.
Nunez is nominally a replacement for Mane in the starting eleven. Beyond that, Fabio Carvalho has been brought in and could be expected to hoover up Minamino’s minutes.
Still, that leaves a little bit of a gap that needs filling. Especially with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino’s contract situations looking precarious.
Even better than Haaland
Enter Sesko. Still just nineteen, the teenager made his way onto Goal’s NXGN 50 this year.
Having scored five goals in 24 Bundesliga games, he isn’t exactly prolific. But as he starts to find his feet in senior football, only seven of those were starts.
Sesko is already a full Slovenian international. The youngster scored his second goal for his country whilst playing against Serbia on Sunday.
He’s a big lad at 6’4″ and isn’t short of confidence. “My team-mates tell me that Haaland and I are very similar, especially in terms of speed,” he’s quoted as saying by Goal. “Most of them even tell me that I’m better than him!”
As Liverpool look to potentially implement a new style with the 6’2″ Nunez up-front, Sesko could be an interesting back-up option.
Liverpool will no doubt run the rule over several from the Salzburg and Leipzig talent factory when they meet. Any who catch Klopp’s eye could be future targets for The Reds.