With more goals scored than any other Premier League team so far this season with 29 strikes in ten matches, Liverpool boast the best-attacking record at this stage of the 2021/22 campaign.
Despite this impressive record, it seems as though the Merseyside club are interested in adding another attacking talent to their squad at some point in the near future.
It has recently been reported by Record (via Sport Witness) that Liverpool have shown an interest in signing Sporting Lisbon winger Pedro Goncalves.
However, the report also claims that the Portuguese club value Goncalves at €80m (£67.7m) after he recently signed a new deal with them where he is now contracted until 2026.
The 23-year-old joined Sporting back in the 2020 summer transfer window from fellow Portuguese club FC Famalicao for a fee of just £5.85m according to Transfermarkt.
Since then, the winger, who is currently valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, has made 47 appearances for Sporting across all competitions where he has managed to score 27 goals and provide six assists in the process, which could be why Liverpool have an apparent interest in him.
Before joining Famalicao, Goncalves had a spell with Wolves’ U23 side, bagging nine goals and supplying four assists in 38 appearances. However, he only ever made one outing at senior level for the Midlands club.
During his time in England, Goncalves was described as “outstanding” by their U23 boss Rob Edwards.
So far this season, Goncalves has beaten the goalkeeper on four occasions and provided one assist in ten appearances across all competitions.
Despite a potential hefty transfer fee, we feel that a move for the Portuguese is something FSG should definitely explore to see. For starters, his exciting attacking talents would make a lot of Liverpool fans happy, that’s especially when you consider the player’s young age too.
Goncalves has managed to rack up an average of 3.2 shots at goal and 1.8 key passes per game in the league this season and with that in mind, we feel he could be the next version of Diogo Jota at Anfield.
Like the current Liverpool target, Jota had a spell with Wolves before signing for the Reds in September 2020 and there are actually plenty of similarities between the two players. The club’s number 20 is also a fierce attacker in front of goal, racking up an average of 2.2 shots and 1.6 key passes a match.
However, with the possible financial implications of the deal, it could well be a difficult one for the Merseyside club to pull off.