Liverpool aren’t short of strikers with Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi at their disposal, but they’re expected to bring in a centre-forward this summer as two of the three players have an uncertain future at Anfield.
Origi could be offloaded in the coming months as he’s not holding down a starting place and is out of contract in July. The 26-year-old has amassed only 71 minutes of Premier League football and isn’t happy with a subsidiary role, so the writing is on the wall.
Firmino has featured more regularly than Origi with 25 appearances across the board this season, but he’s started only eight league games from a possible 29 and has scored just once in the top-flight since October, so he might be upgraded.
Jota has scored 18 goals and made three assists in 38 games this season, so his place in the side shouldn’t be at risk. But a big-name striker could accompany him in 2022/23 and El Nacional believe Robert Lewandowski will be that man.
The 33-year-old has scored a career total of 504 goals with 132 assists in 667 games, so there are fewer better strikers in the market. Lewandowski has bagged 45 goals with four assists in 37 games this season, so it’s easy to see why Liverpool would want a player of his calibre.
Lewandowski has 15 months remaining on his deal at the Allianz Arena and isn’t making progress on contract talks, so he’s considering leaving as he’s been disrespected. El Nacional say Liverpool are willing to pay €70m (£59m) for the Polish international while his wage demands could be in excess of £369k-per-week/£19.2m-a-year.
Lewandowski knows Jurgen Klopp too, having made more appearances under the German boss than any other manager (186 games at Borussia Dortmund between 2010 and 2014), so their relationship might give Liverpool an edge in negotiations.
Lewandowski is a brilliant striker who would improve Liverpool’s squad, but the Merseysiders would have to pay £97m for his signature on a two-year deal. For a player in the eve of their career, that may not be value for money.