Liverpool transfer news: THREE strikers Jurgen Klopp could replace Roberto Firmino with | Football | Sport
The Brazil international was a standout performer last term and scored 27 goals.
However, this time round he’s struggling to find the net and has only managed four goals in all competitions.
Firmino was a £29m arrival from Hoffenheim in 2015 and Jurgen Klopp isn’t expected to sell the 27-year-old any time soon.
But with the charismatic chief pushing for the Premier League title, Klopp might be tempted to bolster his firepower once the transfer window opens in January.
Klopp admittedly already has other strikers at his disposal. Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke are all waiting in the wings.
Out of the trio, Sturridge has been the most impressive understudy for Firmino in recent weeks.
The England international’s season now runs the risk of being derailed with an FA charge relating to breaches of its betting rules though.
So if Klopp gets his chequebook out, who could be snapped up?
The Barcelona forward is having a difficult time in Catalonia, but he won’t be a cheap option for Klopp even with his market value declining.
Dembele, who was snapped up from Borussia Dortmund for £135m to replace Neymar, is now valued at around £85m.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde dropped Dembele from his match-day squad against Real Betis last weekend.
The France star missed training with a stomach bug although reports suggested he had fallen out with Valverde.
Despite rumours of a rift between player and manager, his form has been pretty solid.
The attacker has netted six goals and chipped in with two assists in all competitions.
Dembele’s agent – Moussa Sissoko – has vociferously denied claims his client is looking for a move.
“There is no doubt about his future at all,” Sissoko said.
“Ousmane continues to work, he is in a big club and Valverde loves him, and he is also in the national team and (Didier) Deschamps continues to trust him.”
Klopp knows the USA international well having managed him at Borussia Dortmund and has repeatedly been tipped to snare him.
He is reported to have made an £11m bid to bring Pulisic to Anfield in August 2016.
With his title charge well underway, Klopp might be tempted to try his luck again.
However, Manchester United are now understood to be sniffing around and can comfortably match Liverpool financially.
Both clubs may have been handed a huge boost after he said he could see himself playing in England one day.
“England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing,” Pulisic said.
“So there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”
Pulisic has scored three goals and set up two more in Dortmund’s excellent season so far.
Liverpool aren’t averse to signing ageing strikers. Fernando Morientes was 29 when he moved to Anfield and Jari Litmanen was 30.
A move for Benzema, 30, would be a bolt from the blue – but he is an attacker with proven pedigree.
The Frenchman has been linked with moves to England in the past and his bustling style is ideal for the rigours of the Premier League.
Los Blancos are having a season to forget but Benzema is firing on all cylinders.
He’s already managed 10 goals this campaign, having only found the net 12 times last term.
Real – who have handed Santiago Solari the reins following Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal – are expected to bolster their ranks in the New Year.
According to Spanish daily OK Diario, Benzema could end up on a collision course with club bigwigs if they try and sign a replacement for him.
Chelsea ace Eden Hazard and Inter Milan attacker Mauro Icardi are both on Solari’s radar.