A report from Football Insider claims that Patson Daka is “very keen” on moving to Liverpool and seems to refute claims made that he is already close to joining the Reds.
Liverpool are in need of a clinical striker and Daka, 22, fits the bill perfectly as he recovers after a season in which he scored 34 goals and got 12 assists which is more than the 28 goals and 7 assists that Erling Haaland managed with Salzburg in his final season for the Austrians.
If that’s any indication of how good the Zambian is, Liverpool could be set to sign a superb player for a fraction of what it would cost to sign the Norwegian.
What is the news about Daka?
Zambian Football and the Zambian Observer previously reported on his future but now Football Insider claims that Liverpool have made enquiries about “what it would take to lure Daka in the current window.”
They add that he “is ‘very keen’ to join Liverpool this summer” and while that’s no surprise it does mean that agreeing on a fee with RB Salzburg is the only obstacle to agreeing on a deal to sign Daka.
That would be a very decent price for the striker but Liverpool will face competition from Leicester City, who are reportedly keen on signing the Zambian sharpshooter as Jamie Vardy’s eventual heir.
Liverpool the ideal destination for Daka
While Brendan Rodgers has the ability to guarantee Daka game time, Jurgen Klopp can give him Champions League football, a shot at winning the Premier League and is likely able to offer higher wages.
Daka needs to look at Sadio Mane’s rise to prominence under Klopp’s guidance to get an idea of what his career trajectory at Liverpool would look like if he sealed a £17m move to Anfield.
A front three of Mane on the left, Daka down the middle and Mohamed Salah on the right would not only be one of the best counter-attacking trios on the planet but it would also have the movement and finishing required to undermine sides that set up with a low block.
Roberto Firmino is an outstanding forward and he certainly still has a bright future at the club but it’s time that he is made to fight for his place in the side, with Divock Origi not really challenging him for a spot in the starting XI.
Healthy competition is never a bad thing and Liverpool signing Daka would have a great impact on their attacking fortunes.