Liverpool are keeping tabs on Lyon striker Maxwell Cornet as Jurgen Klopp is considering the young Frenchman as an alternative to Daniel Sturridge, The Liverpool Echo cites Calcio Mercato as reporting.
Daniel Sturridge has endured quite a fall from grace since shining in Liverpool’s ‘SAS’ strike-force alongside Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, with his attacking partners now having moved on and the English striker struggling to find his place.
A host of injury problems have played their part and Sturridge now looks set for an exit from Liverpool, as reports state Jurgen Klopp is monitoring French youngster Maxwell Cornet.
Sturridge, now 27, has started just five Premier League matches this season and the arrival of Cornet would see Liverpool boast a striker who would perhaps be more happy with limited opportunities, due to his young age, whilst they could earn a decent sum for Sturridge.
Behind Lyon’s well-known striker Alexandre Lacazette is young Maxwell Cornet who, aged just 20, has already played 93 Ligue 1 games and has scored a 19 goals- seven of which have come in 33 appearances this season.
Experienced with France’s U21 side, Cornet is tipped for big things in the coming years but Liverpool may struggle to land his services- as the French side will fight tooth and nail to keep the young talent, especially if Alexandre Lacazette moves on.
The finances Liverpool could offer may be decisive though but Cornet would have to be prepared to play a bit-part role at Anfield, as the Reds already boast Divock Origi and have utilised Roberto Firmino centrally this season.