The Premier League season is drawing to a close, and Liverpool require just one win to secure Champions League football at Anfield next season.
The Reds host Middlesbrough on Sunday in the final game of the season and know nothing short of three points is acceptable.
Securing Champions League qualification not only guarantees extra revenue for the club, but it also allows Liverpool to attract a higher calibre of player – something they have not been able to do since last qualifying for Europe’s elite competition in 2014.
Jurgen Klopp has spoken at length in his pre-match press conference about his summer transfer dealings and has confirmed the Reds are already in talks regarding potential deals.
A centre back, left back, centre midfield and a striker have also been rumoured areas that Klopp is looking to improve when the window re-opens.
With Daniel Sturridge’s future up in the air, a new number nine could be on the German’s shopping list.
We take a look at three forwards Liverpool could target this summer…
DREAM SIGNING – ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE (LYON)Embed from Getty Images
If Liverpool want a world-class forward to lead their line in the Champions League next year, Alexandre Lacazette is the man.
The French forward has bagged 35 goals in 44 appearances this season – including 26 in 27 league appearances.
Lyon’s chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, confirmed that the club was resigned to losing Lacazette and that the player had received an offer from a club close to his heart.
Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are the major competition for the Reds, but the Gunners could miss out on Champions League football; which could prove crucial to securing Lacazette’s signature.
Signing the 25-year-old would smash Liverpool’s transfer record of £35m but would bring a world-class forward to Merseyside – perhaps the real replacement for Luis Suarez.
Lacazette’s pace and finishing ability would give Liverpool the tools they need to break down the smaller sides willing to sit back and defend, something which has cost them dearly this season.
It remains to be seen whether the club can pull off a deal of this magnitude that would be a true statement of intent to their Premier League rivals.
REALISTIC SIGNING – TIMO WERNER (RB LEIPZIG)
If Lacazette proves unattainable, Klopp could switch his attention to the Bundesliga, a league he knows like the back of his hand, and move for Timo Werner of RB Leipzig.
Reports have suggested Liverpool are interested in bringing Werner and his Leipzig team-mate Naby Keita to the club in a potential £60m deal.
Leipzig secured a spot in the Champions League by finishing as Bundesliga runners-up this season, thanks to performances from their star forward. Werner has netted 21 goals in 28 league appearances.
Nicknamed ‘Turbo Timo’ because of his blistering pace, Werner would be ideal for Liverpool. The German makes excellent runs down the channels and is gifted when on the ball.
Although he is a natural centre-forward, he is capable of operating out wide, potentially covering for injuries to the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane and giving Liverpool another dimension in attack.
However, Werner could also been seen as someone who isn’t necessarily the finished article, a similar position Divock Origi currently finds himself in. Despite racking up over 130 Bundesliga appearances, it might be a risky move.
Also, signing Werner could prove tricky as Leipzig are determined to keep hold of the 21-year-old. It would take a huge offer to convince the German club to let their prized asset leave.
It could also prove difficult in convincing Werner to leave Leipzig for the Premier League as he recently stated his ambition to be the future of the Leipzig project.
WILDCARD SIGNING – KELECHI IHEANACHO (MANCHESTER CITY)Embed from Getty Images
A man who finds himself looking for a new club this summer is Kelechi Iheanacho. The Nigerian forward has been told his surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola following the emergence of Gabriel Jesus.
Iheanacho has bagged 21 goals for City despite starting just 20 games but has struggled to break into the first-team ahead of Sergio Aguero with the £27m signing of Jesus making it even harder for the youngster to find game time.
Given regular game time, it would be no surprise to see Iheanacho blossom into a Premier League superstar. He has already shown he knows where the goal is in his limited appearances for the Citizens.
If Liverpool could convince City to sell to a Premier League rival, they could pull off one of the deals of the summer.
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