Liverpool may not sign talented 21 y/o averaging a goal every 113 mins [Opinion]

Liverpool aren’t short of forwards with Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah, Harvey Elliot and Takumi Minamino at their disposal, but Elliot’s minutes will be managed next season due to his young age and injury history while Minamino is surplus to requirements, so there may be a void for a new face to fill.

90min say Liverpool like Antony after scouting him for some time. The Reds are reportedly impressed with how the Brazilian has settled in Europe, but his form in the Netherlands has attracted interest from more than just Liverpool – Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and clubs in Italy and Spain have Antony on their radar.

The 21-year-old was born in Sao Paulo and began his professional career at his boyhood club, making 37 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals with six assists. Antony was poached by Ajax in 2020 and has made 71 appearances across the board, scoring 21 times with 18 assists.

Last season, he had a hand in 20 goals from 46 games. This season, the Brazilian international has contributed 19 goals in 25 games. Antony is developing at a remarkable rate and Ajax are a side that develop young talent to sell on for big money, so Liverpool stand a chance of landing his signature. 90min say he favours a move to the Premier League too.

Ajax paid £14m to sign Antony but will request €60m (£50m) for any suitor. The Reds just paid £37m for Diaz on a five-and-a-half-year deal from FC Porto, so will they make a move for another forward so soon? Is he going to get in ahead of Salah, Mane, Diogo Jota and Diaz? Probably not yet.

Summary

Antony is a talented player who would improve Liverpool’s squad – he’s created 25 chances, made 35/60 successful dribbles, whipped in 63 crosses with 25% accuracy and hits the target with 38% of his efforts – but the 21-year-old is not somebody they need right now.

Jurgen Klopp isn’t short of attacking options, so he might put that money towards strengthening another important position.