Speaking to Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet, Jurgen Klopp has admitted he admires emerging Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg in what is proving to be a breakthrough campaign for the 19-year-old striker.
Well, despite the fact there is so much attacking enterprise to enjoy at Anfield right now, it seems the German’s wandering eyes will not be stopped by the options he currently has at his disposal. Dolberg has been enjoying life in the Dutch capital this term, drawing comparisons to the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Dennis Bergkamp and even the legendary Marco van Basten.
While he still has some way to go to put himself in such esteemed company, the Dane seems to have certainly caught the eye of the Kop chief as a result of his form in the Eredivisie.
“Who doesn’t know Dolberg? You can’t play at Ajax without being noticed.”
“He has a great future ahead. He is a fantastic player.”
Still, the Reds aren’t the only club to seemingly retain an interest in his services, with the likes of Manchester United also credited with an interest over the past few months.
Dolberg has been in fine fettle for de Godenzonen this season, having only made his debut for the Dutch giants at the start of the campaign. Scoring ten league goals already, he’s a gifted technician with the ball at his feet, though boasts an impressive physical frame that will only improve as he develops.
With that in mind, the comparisons to former Ajax hero Ibrahimovic were always likely, though the Dane possesses a turn of pace to truly frighten defences, an asset the superstar Swede never truly had.
Indeed. Though many have waxed lyrical about Liverpool’s scintillating attacking trident of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, an injury to the latter – coupled with Mane’s absence during the AFCON – exposed cracks in their attacking department.
Then there’s Daniel Sturridge. Gifted as he may be, the England international is again struggling to wholly convince he can truly shake off the injury problems that have blighted him since the back end of 2014.
So there is definitely room for more attackers suited to Klopp’s style of play as the former Borussia Dortmund coach scours the globe for potential summer recruits. Dolberg could provide the chance to deploy a more natural centre-forward should he arrive, with Liverpool looking almost entirely bereft of attacking ideas at times this season.