Liverpool have not had their best start to a Premier League season and could turn to the January transfer window to fix some of the problems in the team, with a reliable source revealing a new potential transfer target.
Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg has revealed that Liverpool have shown “interest” in RB Salzburg sensation Noah Okafor, a player who could cost £35m.
Plettenberg tweeted: “Okafor: Transfer in winter is possible! No negotiations now but there’s is an interest from clubs like MCFC, LFC & AC Milan.
“Been told that United is not in. World Cup very important now. Price tag could be around €35-40m. Top season with Salzburg so far.”
There is no doubt that there is room for improvement at Anfield with the side now sixth in the league table and 15 points adrift from Arsenal at the top of the tree, which will surely be extremely frustrating for Jurgen Klopp.
Indeed, the centre of the pitch has been noted as the most crucial area to strengthen in the squad but with several ageing key players it will be important for the powers at the club to start planning for the future of the team otherwise they could find themselves in even worse circumstances over the next two seasons.
Mohammed Salah is undoubtedly been the catalyst to much of the success that has been brought to the red side of Merseyside during the Klopp era, however, the Egyptian goal machine will be 31 years old this time next year and finding his replacement rapidly will be essential to keeping Liverpool in contention for trophies.
As a result, the signing of versatile forward Okafor could be the perfect solution for Liverpool as he has been displaying this season exactly why he could be the Reds’ next Salah.
Over 14 Bundesliga appearances so far, the 22-year-old – who was hailed “magnificent” by Mauro Lustrinelli – has scored seven goals and delivered one assist, as well as averaging 1.3 key passes and 1.9 shots on goal per game, proving that he is a real threat in front of goal.
Just like Salah, Okafor is versatile in his position in the forward line with a wealth of experience on the left wing, right wing and the centre forward role, an attribute that will catch the Liverpool manager’s eye as he values players that can offer flexibility in their roles.
Furthermore, the Swiss sensation is equally devastating with the ball at his feet, carrying with him the ability to operate cleverly in tight areas. He ranks in the top 12% of players in his position throughout Europe’s top five leagues for dribbles attempted per 90 minutes for instance.
Combine that with his ruthless efficiency in front of goal and the 22-year-old certainly has the makings of another Salah.
With that being said, there is no doubt that Klopp and the recruitment team at Liverpool will be keeping a close eye on Okafor when he represents Switzerland at the World Cup this month and if he continues to flourish, they must try and seal a deal in January.