Liverpool have been linked with a move for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak after an impressive 2020/21 campaign.
What’s the story?
According to Spanish outlet AS (via Sport Witness), Jurgen Klopp’s charges have joined the race for the 21-year-old’s signature, with fellow Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea also credited with an interest.
Isak’s contract is thought to contain a £60m buyout clause, and his standout display against Spain in Euro 2020 has apparently reinforced the interest of the English trio.
The new Torres
After struggling to make an impact in a two-and-a-half-year spell at Borussia Dortmund, the youngster left the Signal Iduna Park in the summer of 2019.
Isak scored just one goal in 13 appearances for BVB but has transformed his fortunes since arriving in Spanish football.
The 6 ft 2 forward has gone from strength to strength during his time at Sociedad, bagging 17 goals and providing two assists in 34 La Liga appearances last season.
His impressive displays have attracted the attention of some of the continent’s biggest clubs as they search for the sport’s next superstar.
While Liverpool’s underwhelming 2020/21 campaign was largely down to their injury crisis at the back, their misfiring attackers were also of major concern.
The form of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and their back-ups has led to Klopp scouring the market for reinforcements in the final third this summer.
After his one-man show in Sweden’s opening Group E encounter, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for the young star.
“He was a nuisance,” Ferdinand stated. “He showed today why he’s got Young Player of the Year in La Liga. He was the outlet.”
Liverpool have had a good history when it comes to purchasing young, dynamic strikers from the Spanish top-flight.
Fernando Torres became an instant fans favourite following his arrival from Atletico Madrid back in 2007, and there’s no reason why Isak can’t follow in his footsteps.
Every team’s supporters love a top-class goalscorer, although few sides are more synonymous with them than the Anfield outfit.
The young Swedish sensation has been likened to legendary talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic and despite being 6 foot 4, he remains cunningly quick on the ground, whilst BVB sporting director Michael Zorc dubbed him a “great talent” to Bundesliga.com.
Director of football Michael Edwards must, therefore, swoop for Isak over the coming months and supply Klopp with the resources he needs to regain Liverpool’s Premier League crown.