With Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all entering the final two years of their contracts, the Liverpool front line may need reinforcements soon
Jurgen Klopp’s tenure as manager has earned the Premier League title, the Champions League, and some of the most adrenaline-pumping and wildest types of football ever seen in the Premier League era.
And with the club sitting in second place in the table, but with exactly the same number of points and the same goal difference, scoring and conceding goals as Chelsea in first place, it seems they are going nowhere anytime soon.
But with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all entering the final two years of their contract, the Reds may need a frontline refresh very soon.
Mirror Football has looked at three potential bargains that the Reds should consider when deciding to evolve their attacking unit.
When Marco Asensio scored Real Madrid’s fourth goal against Juventus in the 2016-17 Champions League final, the world seemed to be at his feet.
However, the 25-year-old struggled to maintain the momentum he’d generated on that glorious Cardiff night.
Reports from the Spanish outlet Cadena Ser suggest that Asensio may be ready to leave the Bernabeu if the 13-time European champions don’t have opportunities.
And with the Spaniard going into the final year of his contract next season, next summer would be Carlo Ancelotti’s last chance to sell the right-winger.
If he decides his future should be elsewhere, Real could take advantage of him to prevent his free transfer in 2023.
This is where Liverpool could start and with the classic midfielder be a perfect option for Jürgen Klopp’s team.
In addition to being one of the most exciting strikers, Coman is also one of the most highly decorated players in the world.
With winners medals at the World Cup, Champions League, six Bundesliga titles, two Serie A titles, the Club World Cup and many more, there has hardly been a player who has won as much as the Frenchman.
The 25-year-old is also looking for a new start as, according to the Spanish newspaper AS, he has already underscored his desire to leave Bayern Munich.
Just like Asensio, he will go into the final year of his contract next season and if Bayern can’t change it then Bayern will have to sell next season if they want to get money for him.
Coman will have a queue of clubs looking to sign him but the Klopp effect is a very strong thing.
He would also blend in seamlessly with Liverpool’s scrimmage, whether as a winger on either side or even through the middle.
If no new contracts can be agreed with Mane, Firmino or even Salah, there are fewer better alternatives than the man who scored the winning goal in the 2020 Champions League final.
It’s still hard to believe that Barcelona paid Borussia Dortmund £ 126m for Ousmane Dembele after they sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.
The French midfielder is likely to leave Nou Camp for a free transfer next season when his contract expires.
Barcelona’s precarious financial situation makes it very unlikely that they will offer him a new deal.
Injuries and the arrival of other big signings like Antoine Griezmann have resulted in Dembele being relocated to the Catalan periphery. Griezmann’s departure could offer him a way back in the side, however.
But at the age of 24 he has plenty of time to relax and rediscover his devastating talent, and there are few better managers than Klopp.
Dembele’s direct attacking style, the ability to outsmart defenders before smashing past the goalkeeper, means he has all the attributes to thrive in Klopp’s lineup.
And it wouldn’t cost the Reds any transfer fees; a rarity, especially for a World Cup winner who has not yet reached his peak years.
A fresh start could be exactly what it takes to find the shape of the dynamic winger again.