Liverpool’s Champions League heartbreak was compensated to some extent following the surprise signing of Fabinho and Jurgen Klopp, the Reds boss, is set to pursue the transfer targets aggressively to increase depth as well as quality to challenge for silverware.
Liverpool are extensively linked to a move for French sensation Nabil Fekir, however, a deal is yet to be agreed with OL Lyon, his current club, who are holding out until the World Cup in order to demand a higher fee. Klopp, meanwhile, is keen on bringing in covers for his front trio to cope up with the challenges of four major tournaments. They are reportedly targeting two wide attackers – Moses Simon from Belgium outfit Gent as well as well-famed Xherdan Shaqiri who is available for a fee as low as £12 mil following his relegation with Stoke City last season.
The 26-year-old Swiss sensation has already clarified that his future lies elsewhere but prefers to remain in Premier League. He was reportedly being chased by Everton as well as Serie A side Roma, but the profile of Liverpool will be too difficult to ignore. He will feature down the right-flank as a cover of Mohamed Salah, thus, will have one last opportunity to resurrect his once-promising career and re-establish himself for a European big gun. Shaqiri, also known as ‘Alpine Messi’ will be a bargain buy in such an inflated market who is going to increase the depth significantly.
The Reds, meanwhile, are also interested in 22-year-old KAA Gent wingman Moses Simon who has been extensively scouted by the Merseysiders and Klopp found him as a promising back-up for Sadio Mane due to his pace, movements, high work ethics and link-up play down the left-hand flank. The Nigerian has one-year left in his current deal and will cost around £10 mil.
It is to be seen now whether Klopp decides to bring in both or prefers one of them as his next key recruit.