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Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield this Saturday looking to continue their excellent run of form prior to the international break and secure a hat-trick of Premier League victories on Saturday. Klopp’s side may have to take on Pellegrino’s struggling side potentially without Sadio Mane after he suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury whilst on international duty with Senegal earlier this week. Fortunately for Liverpool, they have plenty of strength in depth in wide forward positions, and they will remain confident of victory in his absence.
And according to The Mirror, Liverpool are looking to make further improvements to their squad in this area with a move for Monaco’s highly-regarded French winger Thomas Lemar.
In consideration of the state of the current transfer market along with Lemar’s age and ability, Liverpool should expect to pay around the £90m offered by Arsenal during the summer to even tempt Monaco to part with their prize-possession.
However, the astronomical (and club record) fee required to bring Lemar to Merseyside would not automatically guarantee him a place in Klopp’s starting line-up. Indeed, Lemar typically plays out wide on the left, in a similar position to where Mane has been deployed in his time at the club.
Mane’s performances at Liverpool have been excellent despite his struggle with injuries, and Klopp also has the likes of Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and emerging-prospect Ben Woodburn to call upon in the same position.
If Lemar makes the switch to the Premier League, he will need to show a willingness to graft for his place in the current Liverpool team, and banish feelings of complacency or entitlement to a starting berth on the basis of the transfer fee he commands.