Five forwards who Liverpool could turn to in this summer's transfer window

The Reds need extra firepower in their forward positions next term, could any of these fit the bill at Anfield?

Five forwards who Liverpool could turn to in this summer's transfer window

The Reds need extra firepower in their forward positions next term, could any of these fit the bill at Anfield?

06 June 2018 Wednesday 11:55
Five forwards who Liverpool could turn to in this summer's transfer window

For a team that plundered 135 goals last term, it may sound strange to claim that Liverpool needs to add more firepower to their ranks.

But with plenty of upheavals expected in the frontline positions this summer, Jurgen Klopp will be keen to add some depth to the stunning trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino.

They netted a remarkable 91 goals between them last term, but understudies Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings managed just one apiece.

Daniel Sturridge fared only marginally better with three before his January loan switch to West Brom, and a forward who lit up Anfield for the first half of his Liverpool career could be heading for a low-key exit this summer.

Sadio Mane celebrates his goal with Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino. (Pic Andrew Teebay).

It is telling that Liverpool's fourth top scorer from the last term was Philippe Coutinho, who netted the last of his dozen goals against Swansea on Boxing Day.

Earmarked to perhaps perform such a task is Nigerian forward Moses Simon, who the Reds are interesting in making a move for this transfer window.

"I thought the squad was very good at the start of the season, but I think what it lacks is cover for the front three. When one of them misses out, the quality coming in is not enough," Jamie Carragher told last season.

"We don’t need a striker. We need a multi-functional player. Another Mane, if you like.

"You could probably play Mane up front if you wanted to. He can play left, right or up front, like someone like Alexis Sanchez can.

“If Liverpool can find a really good attacking player who can play two or three positions, he will get games anyway.

"He will almost play every week. Players need resting, the manager rotates, he changes for different fixtures. It is possible to keep them happy, but you have to find the right player."

But just who could that 'right player' be?

The move for Simon aside, any other potential incomings up top will be needed to fill a variety of positions in Klopp's favored 4-3-3 system, and versatility is essential.

With that in mind, we've taken a cursory glance across Europe and picked out five who could fit the bill.

Leon Bailey

The latest star of Bundesliga football.

Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey provided more than a glimpse of his considerable talent last season with nine goals and six assists.

The 20-year-old wears the No.9 shirt for Bayer, but he can operate in wide areas with his pace and skill.

The left-footed speed merchant certainly caught the eye in Germany's top flight last term, and there was even talk earlier this year of England attempting to convert Bailey, whose grandparents have English passports, in time for the World Cup.

Klopp, of course, knows the Bundesliga better than most and he hasn't been shy about raiding his homeland in the past.

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace winger Zaha enjoyed an outstanding campaign last term.

The Ivory Coast international was crucial to the Eagles' successful attempt to stay in the Premier League and Zaha shone with nine goals. Only penalty-specialist Luka Milivojevic scored more for Roy Hodgson's side.

Zaha could perhaps lay claim to being the Premier League's best player outside of the top six, and as such, would cost big money.

Despite a failed stint at Manchester United earlier in his career, the 25-year-old is now poised to once again make a move to one of English football's giants. And of course the pressure to succeed at Anfield is not as enormous as at Old Trafford.

However, Palace are likely to demand a huge fee for their star man, and it remains to be seen if Liverpool would be willing to sanction it for someone who would not be a guaranteed starter.

Christian Pulisic

A name regularly mentioned.

The 19-year-old has carved out a reputation as one of the brightest prospects in Europe over the past two seasons playing for Klopp's former side Borussia Dortmund.

The United States international made 25 starts for BVB the last term to further cement himself as a key player for the German side. He netted four goals and six assists and does not turn 20 until September.

Time is very much on the side of the teenager and his potential development under a nurturing coach like Klopp is an exciting prospect for Liverpool fans.

Riyad Mahrez

A player who was briefly linked with the Reds back in January.

Despite reports, Liverpool never considered swooping for the Leicester star after offloading Philippe Coutinho, but could they now this summer?

The Algerian international was instrumental in helping the Foxes to that astonishing Premier League title victory of 2016 and while he was not as imperious last term, Mahrez still showed enough to convince Manchester City to make their move.

Leicester held firm in the January transfer window as City closed in, but the Foxes could be more open to selling this summer for the right fee.

The 27-year-old would add more skill, pace, and goals to Liverpool's impressive attack. Perhaps his potential fee could hinder things though.

Memphis Depay

One from left-field perhaps?

Netherlands international Depay endured a difficult two-year spell at Manchester United, but the 24-year-old has rebuilt his reputation once more with Lyon in Ligue 1.

Depay is capable of playing either flank and as an auxiliary striker, which would come in handy if Klopp opts to rotate next term.

The former PSV youngster has scored 22 goals for Lyon since moving to France in January last year.

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