Liverpool will sign a new forward in the January transfer window if the right opportunity comes along, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Reds short in attack
The Reds didn’t sign an attacking player during the summer, with Jurgen Klopp seemingly content with the options at his disposal.
While that hasn’t been an issue yet this season, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are on the verge of departing for the Africa Cup of Nations, at which point Liverpool’s squad depth will be tested.
It remains to be seen if January reinforcements will come in but Romano certainly believes that it shouldn’t be ruled out.
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Speaking to Anfield Watch, the journalist claimed that a new signing could be made, but only if Liverpool believe it would be a long-term option. He outlined:
“Liverpool will only go into it if they have an opportunity that is also for the future.
“So they don’t want to sign a player just for six months or 3/4 games with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane leaving the club for the African Cup.
“They will jump into it if they find an opportunity like Diogo Jota – a player with a good price with no crazy price tag, and with good skills that match Jurgen Klopp’s ideas.
“So if they are able to find this kind of opportunity, they will do it. Liverpool are looking in the transfer market for that kind of player, a winger – this is the priority.
“They like players like Raphinha from Leeds or Danjuma from Villarreal. But it’s very complicated to sign them in January.”
The Verdict: No need to panic
While Salah and Mane will clearly be big losses given that they have contributed 31 goals between them already this term, their absences shouldn’t be too lengthy and Liverpool should still be able get by with the likes of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino (18 goals between them in 2021/22).
For that reason, it seems more likely that a summer addition will be made, at which point fresh blood will be required considering that Salah, Mane and Firmino will all be 30 come the start of next season.
That being said, should a prime candidate become available this month, bringing him in certainly wouldn’t do any harm, helping to fill the short-term void left by Liverpool’s departing superstars.
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