Liverpool’s interest in Victor Osimhen could see Liverpool change formation should he move to Merseyside.
As it looks, Liverpool are unlikely to be too busy during this January transfer window.
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That is at least according to Jurgen Klopp, who has said that any more new signings following the arrival of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg should not be expected. However, that can all change very quickly in today’s day and age, and so the Reds may end up bringing in some more fresh faces after all.
One of those to have been mentioned in recent weeks is Victor Osimhen. The Nigeria international has commented on the links himself, and said he is flattered by the interest. Of course, Roberto Firmino is the current number nine at Anfield, but there could be a way to accomodate both of them if the Lille man made the switch to the Premier League.
The 21-year-old is having a fantastic campaign in France. He has 14 goals in 27 matches so far this term since transferring to the Ligue One outfit, and he has been arguably his side’s star performer this term. The interest in his services is therefore no surprise.
There is one problem in regards to any potential move to Liverpool though, and that is the presence of Firmino. The Brazil international is one of very best in the world – his presence on this year’s Ballon d’Or list is a testament to that – and would be incredibly hard to displace.
He is not a traditional centre-forward. Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah score more goals than him, yet he regularly contributes assists – he has provided as many as he has scored so far this campaign – and that makes him undroppable. His teamwork and link-up play is what makes him priceless to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, there can certainly be complaints that he does not score enough goals. He has never scored more than 15 goals in a Premier League campaign which, for a team such as Liverpool, is rather disappointing for a centre-forward. With that in mind, he may be more suited to an attacking midfield role.
Osimhen could allow Liverpool to have a goalscoring striker whilst also keeping Firmino in the side. Having been compared to Didier Drogba, he scored 20 goals in 36 appearances for Sporting Charleroi last term, and he also has four strikes in eight caps for his country Nigeria. He knows exactly where the back of the net, and someone up front who can provide a greater influx of goals could give the Reds that extra edge.
That would mean Klopp changing formation, of course, but he has used a 4-2-3-1 set-up on several occasions already this term. According to Transfermarkt, the 52-year-old has used the formation five times, with Liverpool winning each match. In that situation, it usually means Mohamed Salah starts up front. Whilst the Egypt international has the quality to play there too, his absence on the left wing is probably not what Klopp would like in the long term.
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Therefore, the signing of £27m-valued Osimhen – as per Transfermarkt – could see Liverpool become even more deadly – and that is bad news for the rest of the Premier League.
In other news, Liverpool should move this man on despite his recent good form.