Liverpool completed their first deal of the transfer window last week, offloading Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth.
The striker joined the Reds last summer on a free transfer from Chelsea, arriving at Anfield as one of England’s most promising talents. Solanke scored just once in the Premier League with the majority of his appearances coming from the substitutes bench and he subsequently slipped down the pecking order. Remarkably, Liverpool managed to secure £19m plus add-ons for his signature.
It remains to be seen whether Klopp will open his chequebook given Liverpool’s strong position in the Premier League table. The Reds are currently four points ahead of Manchester City following Monday night’s defeat against Pep Guardiola’s men. Should Divock Origi also leave the club, Klopp should seriously consider signing another forward.
One man he could target is Lille forward – Rafael Leao. Valued at just £5.4m by Transfermarkt, the 19-year-old emerged as one of Portugal’s brightest prospects after graduating from Sporting Lisbon’s youth academy. His impressive form in his homeland earned him a move to Ligue 1 in the summer, joining his current employers on a free transfer.
Leao has made an instant impact in France, netting three times in just five league starts this season. The striker, who can also play on the wing, is blessed with terrific pace meaning he would have no trouble slotting into Liverpool’s speedy forward line. Not only is Leao quick, but he also is extremely strong, therefore the physicality of life in England should not faze him; he is the perfect centre-forward. The youngster is developing with every passing game and working with a world-class manager like Klopp would take his game to the next level.
If the Reds could secure his signature, it could prove to be a masterstroke.
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