Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp currently has a number of world-class forwards at his disposal, but recent reports are suggesting that he still wants to add some more, particularly with Divock Origi’s contract expiring at the end of the season.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will all see their contracts expiring at the end of the next season, but renewal talks are continuing and there is no definite answer to whether or not they will still be at the club beyond May 2023.
However, it’s also possible that Liverpool won’t take any chances, and if a suitable offer comes in for any of those stars after little or no progress in negotiations, they may look to replace them a year ahead of schedule this summer.
Described as “fearless” by Canada manager John Herdman, the 22-year-old is not the only centre-forward being shortlisted by the Reds, with the likes of Karim Adeyemi, Darwin Nunez and Kylian Mbappe all also being linked with a move to Anfield.
Out of all the strikers mentioned above, David is the most like-for-like replacement for Roberto Firmino in terms of his ability and experience playing as a deeper ‘false nine’ striker, which the Brazilian has done so well under the management of Klopp.
However, the 22-year-old former Gent prospect has scored 13 goals in Ligue 1 this season, without making a single assist largely due to his change of tactical style, with him now using his lightning pace to sit on the shoulder of the last defender and expose gaps in behind the opposition backline.
He suits Klopp’s ‘gegenpress’ style very well, evident by him ranking in the top 7% among strikers in Europe’s top five leagues and continental competitions for pressures per 90 (20.77), also ranking in the top 3% for shots on target percentage per 90 with 53.7%.
David has massive potential, but having played just two seasons so far in Ligue 1, it would be understandable if Liverpool preferred another option to replace Firmino, amid possible concerns as to whether or not the Canadian is ready to make the step up to Premier League football.