Jurgen Klopp will almost certainly look to strengthen his ranks before this summer, but it may be late in the transfer window before a new striker is signed on.
While Mohamed Salah enjoyed another outstanding season in front of goal in 2020/21, scoring 31 times, only three other players have scored five or more goals for Liverpool.
These were Sadio Mane (16), Diogo Jota (13) and Roberto Firmino (nine), who were substituted as part of Klopp’s first choice forward row.
Beyond that, Curtis Jones and Takumi Minamino (both four) were the fifth-best scorers, with four apiece, with the Reds enjoying more goals against their side than Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (all one ) combined.
Origi, Shaqiri and Minamino are three players with question marks over their future at the club this summer, and according to David Lynch for the Echo of Liverpool, their sales may be necessary to finance a newcomer.
Lynch explains that “any addition in this part of the field depends on the starts – and that makes things a little trickier”.
The claim is that even though Origi and Shaqiri are available, they cannot be “pushed out the door without offers coming in”, whereas in Minamino’s case any departure is “entirely dependent on the clubs involved”.
AthleticismJames Pearce has previously claimed that Origi is valued at a similar price to Marko Grujic, suggesting that Liverpool are looking for at least £ 15million for the Belgian.
Shaqiri has two more years on the contract he signed in 2018, and it’s possible he might order a fee in the same region – just like Minamino, who is bound until 2024.
There is no indication at this stage who Liverpool would pursue if they were able to add to Klopp’s attack, although Salzburg striker Patson Daka has been linked in the Austrian press.
Encouragingly, it is widely reported that the Reds have no plans to move to Salah or Mane, it has been suggested that one of the premier strikers could be sold to fund a big penny signing.
Instead, it seems likely that another striker of Jota’s caliber will be brought in, to challenge a place in the starting lineup, rather than immediately replacing one of the existing starters.
But it looks like Liverpool are intending to play a waiting game on that front, to avoid the situation late last summer when Grujic and Harry Wilson were loaned out due to an issue with the number of ‘teams.