Liverpool have had their worst start to a Premier League season in the Jurgen Klopp era and it is looking like the club are taking no chances with transfer targets already being identified for the winter transfer window.
What’s the latest?
According to 90min, Liverpool are now interested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk in January.
As per the report, the Reds are the latest side to express an interest in the player who is set to become available for £50m when the transfer market reopens in a few months’ time.
Sadio Mane replacement
Although Liverpool did sign Luis Diaz last January there is no doubt that Klopp will want to continue to strengthen his out-of-sorts forward line after Sadio Mane made the move to Bayern Munich this summer.
Although Mane wasn’t always in his best form over his last few seasons at the club, he could always be relied upon to deliver goal contributions when it mattered the most, scoring 120 times and delivering 49 assists over his time with Liverpool, tallying up a goal or assist every 127 minutes.
Last season the Senegalese winger was an important part of the team’s progression to their third Champions League final in five years, with three goals scored in the knock-out stages of the prestigious European competition which led to him breaking the record for the most knock-out goals scored by an African player.
As a result, replacing Mane was never going to be easy and Klopp will be hoping that securing a deal for Mudryk could put them in a great position to push on in the second half of the season to encourage further successes for Liverpool.
The 21-year-old Ukrainian winger was hailed a “serious talent” by Shakhtar chief Darijo Srna who gave a glowing reference to the young talent in an interview with CBS Sport:
“Mudryk is a serious talent. After Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr, he’s the best player in Europe in his position.
“If someone wants to buy Mudryk they must spend a lot, a lot, a lot of money and respect our club and our president.”
Despite not being given too many opportunities to display his clear ability in front of goal the rising star has scored four goals and delivered 12 assists, with a goal contribution every 87 minutes played since breaking through into the first team with Donetsk.
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This season Mudryk has been proving his worth over the Champions League campaign so far with the youngster dominating games as a standout performer on the European stage, tallying up two goals and two assists already in the group stages. He found the back of the net against Celtic and had three direct goal involvements against RB Leipzig in Donetsk’s opener.
With that being said, there is nothing more that Klopp loves than taking raw talent and turning them into superstars so the signing of Mudryk could be the German coach’s next opportunity to polish up another young up and coming player at Liverpool.