Liverpool may have been linked with the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland as Jurgen Klopp wants to bolster his attack. But Fenway Sports Group (FSG) will likely have one target in mind.
Liverpool are eyeing reinforcements to their attack as early as January with the African Cup of Nations set to tear through their squad.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could be away for as long as a month, as well as Naby Keita, during a pivotal moment in the season.
Two strikers that have popped up in recent reports are Lewandowski and Haaland – but a January transfer is just simply not going to happen.
If either are to be looked at more closely, the summer of 2022 would be more reasonable but even that would be pushing the boat out.
Lewandowski, 33, is said to be thinking about a new challenge and recently stated that he feels he can keep going strong for another four or five years.
He said: “If a year ago I was 27, now I am 25 or 26. My stats are better than ever before, it’s not just about fitness.”
Haaland, on the other hand, is still in the infancy of his career but is renowned as one of the best strikers in the world already despite being just 21.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona are ready to pounce in the summer when a £68m release clause comes into play which all but rules Liverpool out on wages alone.
The Reds have to act smarter in the transfer window and one target that will be eyed is Karim Adeyemi, who is starting to make waves at club and country level.
Over the international break, the forward announced himself after scoring for Germany against Armenia in a World Cup qualifier.
It already adds to his growing reputation in Austria, where he has six goals in seven matches already, and is one target FSG would certainly prefer.
Currently valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the 19-year-old would be a lot cheaper than either Lewandowski or Haaland and would suit their philosophy.
Liverpool like to buy young or raw prospects that can be coached by Jurgen Klopp into superstars, a system that has worked since the German’s appointment.
They also would idealise a player that could be potentially sold for much more than what they paid for and if Adeyemi reaches his full potential, he could be worth exponentially more than his current value.
FSG have worked with RB Salzburg in the past, as well, signing Takumi Minamino in January 2020 and know their owners well, whereas Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich’s hierarchy are considerably more spiky when it comes to transfer negotiations.
While Adeyemi is far from the likes of Lewandowski and Haaland in terms of ability, his potential to grow into a player like that is what would attract Liverpool and FSG the most.