Liverpool were crying out for an instinctive no.9 last season and signing Jonathan David would give them what they need after the Canadian was linked with an Anfield switch.
On Monday evening, Sports Centre reporter Matthew Sciannitti claimed that if Lille decide to sell Jonathan David, Liverpool could pounce.
He took to to say report: “English sources tell TSN Sports [that] if Lille look to sell Canadian striker Jonathan David to raise funds because of the club’s financial challenges, Liverpool has David very high on the team’s list of potential strikers.
“Liverpool has long kept tabs on the Canadian’s development.”
This is particularly interesting because it’s not the first time that he has been linked with a move to Liverpool as he was actually mooted as an option to join the Reds before Diogo Jota was recruited.
James Pearce wrote in September, 2020: “Jonathan David joined Watford’s Ismaila Sarr on Liverpool’s shortlist for an attacker.
“Liverpool extensively scouted him but decided to focus their attention on Sarr and Jota instead. David moved from Gent to Lille for €30 million last month.”
While it seems unlikely that the Merseysiders could go in for a player that has spent just one year with Lille, they are in a bit of financial trouble and could look to sell David to bail themselves out.
Despite winning Ligue 1, Lille could do with a financial injection.
Much like most clubs around Europe, COVID has devastated their finances as a year without fans has seen them lose a huge stream of income.
If Liverpool sign David, it could see a major tweak to their system and could see Jurgen Klopp move to a more traditional 4-3-3 with the Canadian as the focal point of his side’s attack.
He’s young but he’s an instinctive finisher and valued at €36.88m by Transfermarkt, it’s already clear how good he is.
The major positive with signing someone like David is that it gives Liverpool the option of playing a more traditional system if they choose to.
With Roberto Firmino, they’re pigeon-holed into a less direct system but if Klopp chooses to, he can use David to go long and attack down the heart of teams that play a high line.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool will act on their interest in David but if they sign him, Klopp will be getting a very young player with bags of potential.
Potential XI: Alisson, Robbo, Virgil, Konate, Trent, Thiago, Fabinho, Hendo, Mane, David, Salah.