Sunday 11 December 2016

Four young stars Jurgen Klopp should target in January to propel Liverpool to Premier League glory

Harvey Burgess

Published 18/11/2016 | 07:57

Sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League and without any European commitments to worry about, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side do not initially seem like they need to strengthen.

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However, a recent season-ending injury to Danny Ings and Sadio Mane’s month-long involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations has fuelled rumours that Liverpool will look to bring in a forward in January – in fact, Klopp has admitted this himself.

England striker Daniel Sturridge has fallen out of favour and does not seem to suit the German’s demanding system and so a forward will most likely come in this winter.

If Liverpool have as successful a transfer window as they had in the summer, with Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Matip all looking like astute signings, then they will certainly be fighting for the title come May.

Here are three attacking players who could arrive at Anfield this January:

Paul-Georges Ntep (Rennes)

The left-midfielder’s deal at Rennes expires at the end of the season and so he will be free to sign a pre-contract in January. A strong dribbler of the ball, Ntep has been made two appearances for France.

Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)

Seeing as Roberto Firmino is not a natural no. 9 and Daniel Sturridge has fallen out of favour, Liverpool have been linked with several strikers including French forward Alexandre Lacazette. The Lyon striker is quick, explosive and has already reached double figures this season.

Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao)

The Athletic Bilbao youngster signed a new contract in January with a release clause of €50m, but the rumours linking him with Anfield have not died down. The 22-year-old would certainly fit in with Jurgen Klopp’s style of play.

Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Jurgen Klopp has long admired the Germany under-21 midfielder, who plies his trade with Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. Klopp will have to do battle with former club Dortmund to sign the German, while Italian giants Juventus are also interested.

(© Independent News Service)

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