Liverpool’s fab three has been fantastic this season, to push on next season, another attacking option will be needed
Liverpool has been having a barnstormer of a season, scoring goals for fun and implementing manager Jurgen Klopp’s high-octane, heavy-metal gegenpressing style to the letter.
Despite being a long way off the runaway Premier League champions Manchester City, the Reds have been almost as good in the goalscoring stakes as Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens and are the only team to have scored 4 goals against the Sky Blue juggernaut in a single game in the league this season.
It is in the Champions League, however, that Klopp’s heavy metal football has borne the biggest fruit as the Reds have been the tournament’s leading scorers and will be looking to put the finishing touch to an incredible cup run by beating holders Real Madrid to win the tournament come May 26 in Kiev.
A huge reason for the team’s goal rush has been the fab three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and the main man, Mohamed Salah. The trio has scored 87 goals between them in all competitions.
However, the team’s bench does not offer the scoring prowess of the fab three and a goalscoring attacker will need to be bought in the summer window.
Getting the right type of player would not be easy (or cheap) but will be absolutely needed if the Reds are to achieve the long-held ambition of finally winning a Premier League title.
Here are five forward-thinking options Klopp could look to choose from in order to make his attacking arsenal even more awesome:
2Samu Castillejo (Villarreal)
Continuing with the theme of flaky young players who could leave you drooling one moment and screaming for blood the next, the Spanish version of Redmond (only left-footed) could be another interesting option for the Reds.
El Fideo (The Noodle) as Castillejo is affectionately called due to his skinny body shape and ability to wriggle from tight spaces has for long being seen as a long-term prospect for La Furia Roja but rather than going the same way as Marco Asensio development-wise, he seems to be towing the Bojan Krkic line.
Very similar in style and temperament to Angel di Maria, he is a winger who is not so big on pace but has electric dribbling abilities with an eye for a good cross and can be deployed in any space behind the main striker.
His brilliance at beating his defender is similar to Salah’s but while the Egyptian has delivered into a better finisher and player, Castillejo still frustrates with his decision making. He would be right up Klopp’s alley house in terms of being not-so-expensive and being young and willing to grow.
His ability to function effectively on either flank means that he can act as a replacement for either Mane or Salah and his crossing ability would be perfect for Firmino or Dominic Solanke to get on the end of.
Like Redmond, Castillejo has been below-par this season with 3 goals and 5 assists in all competitions for Villarreal but his willingness to improve combined with his abundant natural talent make him ideal for what Klopp is building.