Liverpool have been handed a boost in their reported chase of RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka as the opening of the transfer window approaches, with the player given time off international duty to perhaps secure a move away from Austria.
What’s the story?
According to a report from Spain last week, the 22-year-old could become Jurgen Klopp’s second summer signing in the coming days, seeing off competition from West Ham United.
Zambia coach Milutin Sredojevic has since provided an update on Daka’s future, revealing that the forward has been omitted from his latest international squad so he can sort of his future, perhaps indicating that a transfer is on the horizon.
“Daka, Mwepu and Kangwa have to decide on their next future, and it is just fair that they can make a decision that is in the best interest of the country,” he said.
Could be a top signing
The youngster enjoyed a sensational 2020/21 campaign with Jesse Marsch’s men, bagging 34 goals and providing 12 assists in 42 appearances as Salzburg recorded a domestic double.
His arrival would signal the second Liverpool purchase from a Red Bull side this summer, following the arrival of centre-back Ibrahima Konate from Leipzig.
The duo would add to Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino on the list of players Klopp has purchased from the energy drink company’s footballing system, with the German manager a known fan of their pressing style.
It means Daka could be a natural fit at Anfield and arrive with an understanding of the demands that the former Borussia Dortmund boss would put on him.
While injuries to key defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip ensured Liverpool’s Premier League title defence never got off the ground, the disappointing form of their forwards also severely undermined their efforts.
Mane and Roberto Firmino had hugely underwhelming seasons, while the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri failed to step up during their droughts.
Former Zambia head coach Herve Renard once described the clinical speed demon as a “very promising player,” and he’s certainly had no problem living up to that billing since.
At 22, Daka is only going to improve and his extra firepower could catapult Liverpool back to the summit of English football next season.