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Liverpool: Klopp can sign a Salah heir in move for Nico Williams

Liverpool have been spoilt for choice over the previous few years with their attacking options, as Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane formed an excellent triumvirate that led the Anfield side to glory.

Unfortunately, in the words of Liverpool band Echo and Bunnymen, nothing lasts forever, and with Mane leaving this summer to join Bayern Munich and Firmino’s contract due to expire at the end of the campaign, the great trio is breaking up sooner than expected.

Salah did sign an extended deal until 2025, but Jurgen Klopp will surely be thinking of trying to sign an heir to the Egyptian winger, as he won’t be able to keep up his momentous performances forever either.

Nico Williams can be the ideal heir

According to reports in Spain last month, Liverpool are interested in a move for Athletic Bilbao winger Williams and at just 20 years old, he certainly fits the bill for a long-term successor to Salah’s crown on the right wing.

He has impressed in La Liga this season, registering six goal contributions – three goals and three assists – across 14 matches.

The youngster has also made 1.4 key passes, created two big chances, and took 1.7 shots per match, proving that he can be a very effective goal threat from a wide position.

These figures aren’t far off from Salah’s this season, with the 30-year-old creating three big chances, averaging 2.1 key passes per match, while also grabbing three assists. The Liverpool winger is more clinical in front of goal, however, scoring six times, but with experience, Williams will improve this area of his game.

The exciting prodigy was selected for Spain’s World Cup squad and the £42m-valued winger has managed to play a part in all three of their matches so far, receiving an average Sofascore rating of 6.7/10 after struggling to really get going at the tournament.

It is an excellent experience for the six-cap sensation, however, and one that will stand him in good stead for the future.

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Football talent scout Jacek Kulig described the winger as “phenomenal” earlier this season and there is no denying that the youngster has limitless potential.

Klopp should be keeping tabs on the player ahead of the January window as he could well be the heir apparent to Salah.