Liverpool’s fluid front-three have been in typically electric mood once again this season – and they haven’t even hit top gear yet.
If Jurgen Klopp’s side are capable of clinching eight wins and two draws from their opening ten fixtures whilst Mo Salah is struggling to rediscover top form, then who knows how far they can go when the Egyptian is on song.
The chemistry between Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane has enabled Liverpool to become a genuine force in European football, but Klopp has little by way of quality backup to call upon in the event that either of his wide men pick up an injury.
Xherdan Shaqiri is the natural replacement for Salah but his performances in recent weeks hint that he is markedly more effective in a central role, so it would make sense for Liverpool to target another winger in the January window.
With that being said, Klopp should begin monitoring the situation of Leon Bailey following a report from ESPN (via Bild). The report claims that a source close to the 21-year-old has revealed Bailey’s frustration at his lack of first-team opportunities in recent weeks, and he is considering a January move as a consequence.
Bailey’s reputation soared to new heights last season after he netted 9 times and provided 6 assists from 30 Bundesliga outings, but he has struggled to build upon that record so far this season.
With just 1 goal from his first 5 starts this season, Heiko Herrlich decided to drop Bailey (valued at £40.5 million by Transfermarkt) for Leverkusen’s last 4 fixtures. His dwindling importance to the club is a notable cause of concern for a player who has been widely touted to enjoy a glowing career in European football, so Klopp should capitalise on his discontent with a January move.
Bailey’s dynamic approach, blistering speed and quality end-product make him an ideal candidate to slot into Liverpool’s front-three and make an immediate impact, as the wealth of talent in the Reds’ first-team should help him to rediscover the form which helped him rise to prominence last season.
He certainly won’t come cheap but he’s a talent well worth forking out for on the evidence of the majority of his career so far, and if Klopp is able to convince him to move to Anfield there is no doubt he would be securing the signature of a true gem who is bursting with potential.
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