Liverpool have had one of their worst starts to a Premier League season in years and there are many contributing factors to the issues Jurgen Klopp has been facing with his team’s inconsistent performances over the last few months.
Mounting injury problems to key players like Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Joel Matip alongside a lack of reinvestment in key areas of the pitch could be pinpointed to Liverpool’s downfall that has now left them eighth in the league table going into the World Cup break.
Indeed, Klopp will be slightly relieved to have a six-week pause in the Premier League season in order to get his squad back to their best and for players to return from injury ahead of their fixtures after Christmas, but there is no doubt that the January transfer window could be the real turning point for the Reds in the second half of the season.
One player who has been linked with a move to Merseyside in the new year is Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko, who has extraordinarily been called up to the World Cup squad for Germany.
According to SPORT BILD, Liverpool have joined the race to sign the talented striker who will be a free agent next summer but could be sold in January.
Over 13 Bundesliga appearances so far, Moukoko has scored six goals, delivered three assists and created two big chances, which is extremely impressive for a 17-year-old.
The £26m boyhood Borussia Dortmund prodigy has scored a whopping 153 goals and registered 35 assists whilst rising through the ranks of the elite German club, with a goal contribution every 51 minutes of his career so far.
Former Dortmund star Erling Haaland previously sang the praises of the talented teenager, putting across some fine but simple praise: “[He is] the biggest talent in the world right now.”
With that being said, the powers in Liverpool’s recruitment team simply cannot ignore the impressive output and tenacity the German offers and if they can secure his signature they could have their next Darwin Nunez in the team.
Like Moukoko, the Uruguayan is a fine young striker with a similarly instinctive nature inside the penalty area.
He didn’t quite burst onto the scene at such a young age, but that ruthless streak has always been there.
Indeed, speaking of the forward on talkSPORT, Adel Taarabt once said: “From the first training session, we understood that he’d be one of the best strikers in the world. How I’d compare him? He’s a mix of Edinson Cavani & Luis Suarez.”
Thus, both blessed with immense potential, it would be quite the strikeforce for Klopp moving forward.