The Liverpool fans have been feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s excellent form in both the Premier League and in Europe.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have gathered some positive momentum in recent weeks, and as such they have moved within 2 points of 2nd placed Manchester United and have effectively secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 5-0 victory over Porto. However, their elimination from both domestic cup competitions has left The Reds with only The Champions League to aim for in terms of silverware this season.
Since Liverpool won the FA Cup in 2006, the club have managed to lift just 1 trophy when they defeated Cardiff City to claim the League Cup in 2012. Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to improve Liverpool’s record in this regard in the near future and also claim his first ever trophy in English football.
Many Liverpool supporters have their own theories and the areas in which Klopp needs to strengthen to enable Liverpool to build stronger and more consistent challenges for silverware in the seasons to come, most of which evolve around defensive and goalkeeping acquisitions.
There is no doubt that Liverpool will need to strengthen their defence next summer to ensure they have the quality of strength in depth that is needed to challenge for honours, but they should also consider signing a striker to support Roberto Firmino upfront.
Firmino has single-handedly lead the line for the majority of this season ahead of the likes of Dominic Solanke and Daniel Sturridge. However, Klopp should consider signing a player who can genuinely challenge Firmino for a place in the starting eleven, namely Michy Batshuayi (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt).
Batshuayi struggled to impress at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte, but the Belgian international has been sensational since he moved on loan to Borussia Dortmund. In his first 4 appearances for the Bundesliga giants, Batshuayi has scored 5 goals and provided an assist, but it’s not only his statistics that make for impressive viewing.
The 24-year-old has found a new sense of confidence in Germany which has enabled him to play with a freedom he was so desperately lacking in West London. At the focal point of Dortmund’s attack, Batshuayi has demonstrated he has the ability to take players on with pace and trickery, hold the ball up for his teammates, and provide a reliable outlet for his team in the final-third.
At the very least, Batshuayi deserves a second chance in the Premier League and Liverpool are crying out for a quality striker to challenge Firmino for a starting berth, so Klopp should strongly consider bringing him to the club next summer to strengthen his chances of claiming his first trophy as Liverpool manager.
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