Report: Liverpool have ‘spotlight’ on 24 y/o called the ‘strongest in the world’ by Klopp

Liverpool have Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi and Mohamed Salah who can operate at centre-forward, but Salah normally starts out wide while Origi has been short of playing time this season, so the Reds could do with another attacker.

According to Calciomercato, Liverpool have their eye on a striker who could bring more goals to the squad – Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan. The 24-year-old has four-and-a-half years remaining on his deal at the San Siro but could be on the move as the Nerazzurri are in a significant amount of debt.

Martinez joined Inter from Racing in 2018 and has gone on to make 165 appearances in all competitions, scoring 61 goals with 22 assists. The Argentine international, who’s scored 19 goals in 37 games for his country, was in fantastic form before the turn of the year and would greatly improve Liverpool’s attack.

Martinez scored 11 goals with two assists in his first 16 Serie A appearances this season, but he’s not found the back of the net in his last seven. The 24-year-old is a proven goalscorer though, bagging 17 goals with 10 assists from 38 league games in 2020/21 and scoring 14 times with five assists from 35 league games in 2019/20, so Liverpool should have confidence that he’d deliver on Merseyside.

Inter’s financial problems led them to sell Romelu Lukaku (£101.7m to Chelsea), Achraf Hakimi (£60m to Paris Saint-Germain) and Matteo Politano (£18.9m to Napoli) last summer, so Martinez might be too valuable to hold on to.

And if reports are to be believed, the striker will be granted a departure if his €90m (£75.1m) asking price is met, so this might be his last season in Italy.

Summary

Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Martinez, calling him one of the “strongest strikers in the world”, so he would certainly improve Liverpool’s attack. It just remains to be seen if the Reds are willing to match his asking price.

There’s also a question over what Firmino’s role would be next season if Martinez came to Anfield, as Klopp wouldn’t be able to drop one for the other and keep them happy.