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Liverpool could fill Sadio Mane void with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Liverpool head into the World Cup break amid a run of rare form in the 2022/23 campaign, having won their last four matches in all competitions.

The season could all change following the prestigious competition and who knows, there could well be some new signings on the horizon too.

What’s the word?

One of the players linked with Liverpool of late is a winger taking the European game by storm. That happens to be Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia with recent reports suggesting that the Reds and Chelsea are among the clubs interested.

The Georgian moved to Serie A just last summer for a fee of only £8.6m and now it’s thought he could cost a whopping £86m next year.

Offering his reaction to a potential deal, journalist Pete O’Rourke told Football FanCast that a move would enthuse the club’s manager, while suggesting he could be the man to finally replace Sadio Mane, who left a few months ago.

He said: “On paper you’ve got the likes of Kvaratskhelia, Darwin Nunez and Mo Salah in your side so it’s something that would really excite Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool fans of what those three could potentially do together.”

O’Rourke continued: “He’d help fill the void that Sadio Mane’s departure to Bayern Munich has left in that Liverpool attacking line up this season. He’s been sorely missed on numerous occasions so I think Kvaratskhelia would be somebody who could come in and really add to that Liverpool line up if they could pull off a deal for the Georgian.”

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It was always going to be a tough ask to replace Mane with the Senegalese sensation scoring 120 times in Liverpool colours.

The 30-year-old was the man for the big occasion and the ultimate clutch player, scoring vital goals for Klopp during his stint in England.

Darwin Nunez has now started to impress, finding the net on seven occasions in his last ten outings, but there is still a feeling that they miss a rampant force on the left-hand side.

Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz might well prove to be the long-term solution but for now, they are sidelined through injury.

Irrespective of what the future holds for the Liverpool duo, Kvaratskhelia would be a remarkable signing. Such is his quality in the final third, he has beaten the goalkeeper eight times in 2022/23, while also registering ten assists.

What makes that record even more impressive is that five of those goal involvements came in the Champions League, including one against Liverpool. The 21-year-old showcased his quality first-hand against the Reds, with the Georgia international truly dominating a certain Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield this month.

During that game, he performed a rather remarkable seven dribbles, of which three he was able to complete in their entirety.

It was that level of performance that evoked memories of Mane, with the Senegal international demonstrating during his time at Anfield that he could beat players for fun.

Also possessing pace and that magic, ruthless touch in front of goal, it makes for a dynamite combination of skills that can devastate defences.

If Liverpool can get a deal across the line, it would be impressive business. Over to you Julian Ward and FSG.

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