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Liverpool can land Firmino upgrade with Victor Osimhen

Liverpool enjoyed a remarkable campaign which ended with two trophies, a runners-up finish in the Champions League and narrowly missing out on another Premier League title.

All in all, the supporters will be happy that Jurgen Klopp managed to secure the two pieces of silverware which had eluded him at Anfield up until this season, but there will be lingering thoughts of what might have been.

Klopp could spend the summer looking to bolster his squad and continue the diligent recruitment strategy which has served the club well in the previous few years; and with Sadio Mane expressing his decision to leave, the German could well be under pressure to pull off a masterstroke signing yet again.

Signing a centre-forward will likely be one of the club’s priorities this summer, with Roberto Firmino having a season disrupted by injury and poor form which has yielded just 11 goals.

Diogo Jota has contributed heavily with 21 goals, but Liverpool simply can’t afford to keep relying heavily on wide men such as Mohamed Salah and Mane to get their goals, so a new striker should be high on the summer wish list.

Last month, The Mirror reported that the Reds were interested in signing Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, although he could cost £80m.

The Nigeria international will guarantee goals, that’s for sure. This season he netted 18 goals across Serie A and the Europa League (the fourth successive league campaign in which he has hit double figures) while also contributing two assists for the Azzurri.

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Compared to positional peers in the big five European leagues, Osimhen ranks in the top 4% in both non-penalty goals (0.70 per 90) and in total shots per 90 (4.02). The 23-year-old also takes 7.11 touches per game in the attacking penalty area, which ranks him in the top 10%.

These figures show that he has an incredible eye for goal, with Zach Lowy stating that the 23-year-old could be “one of the best strikers of his generation” and Emmet Gates describing his potential as “frightening”.

This is high praise for the striker and Klopp should seriously consider a move for Osimhen, would could well be a significant upgrade on Firmino ahead of next season.

AND in other news, Klopp can unearth his own Lewandowski for LFC with bid for “exceptional” £34m maestro

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