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Four players Liverpool should target to replace Divock Origi in January

Four players Liverpool should target to replace Divock Origi in January

Liverpool’s attacking depth

Liverpool would have a fairly quiet summer transfer window, with Ibrahima Konate the only senior incoming at Anfield.

And though Konate looks a very solid buy who should only continue to improve, Liverpool’s fans were likely hoping for a little more.

The emergence of Harvey Elliott has, for the time being at least, negated the need to sign a replacement for now PSG star, Georginio Wijnaldum.

But if there is one area that Liverpool could have done with improving upon, especially this season, it was their attack.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota are all excellent choices to have. However, outside of this quartet, Liverpool’s options going forward are pretty subpar.

Divock Origi, despite his previous Champions League heroics, has proven that he is not good enough to be a regular feature for a top-six side, whilst Takumi Minamino has struggled since his arrival in England.

Despite this, Liverpool are likely going to be forced into using the pair a fair bit during the winter months, when the African Cup of Nations comes around and both Salah and Mane depart.

Jamie Carragher has already expressed his disappointment with his former club for not bringing anyone better than Origi or Minamino in to reinforce Jurgen Klopp’s attack:

“I’m disappointed Liverpool haven’t got an attacker in, I must say.

“I do think Liverpool are short in the attack and they will have to keep everybody fit, which is nigh on impossible really. I do think they will struggle but they’re very robust, Liverpool’s front three.

“Mane and maybe Salah away for the Africa Cup of Nations at some stage, I’m not sure how many games they’ll miss but I do think that was something to miss for Liverpool.

“They’ve got Origi there and Minamino but I basically wanted someone who was better than them to come into the club.”

Players Liverpool should replace Origi with

So, it goes without saying that Liverpool should probably be looking to add some fresh legs to their forward line in January.

The AFCON does not begin until January 9th, so the Reds do have some time to bring in reinforcements before bidding farewell to their key attackers.

And, at 101, we have picked out four players whom Liverpool should target to replace Origi and potentially Minamino this winter.

Danilo, Ajax

The first player Liverpool should look to is Ajax forward, Danilo.

Danilo, 22, was signed up by Ajax in August of 2017, moving from Brazilian outfit Santos for a fee believed to be around £1.8m.

Still only a teenager when brought to the Dutch capital, Danilo would enjoy spells with the club’s under-19 and under-21 sides, where he notched his fair share of goals and assists.

Then, this past season, the Brazilian was loaned out to fellow Eredivisie outfit, FC Twente.

And Danilo enjoyed a solid spell at De Grolsch Veste, hitting 17 goals and five assists in 33 league outings.

The forward has since returned to Ajax but has only been used sparingly so far this term, perhaps suggesting that Ajax could be open to a sale in January.

As for his positioning, Danilo has spent the majority of his career being used a centre-forward, though he has played on both wings on occasion.

With Diogo Jota already on the books at Anfield, it would not be all that difficult to fit both into Liverpool’s front-three, as the Portuguese is too accomplished on the left-wing, as well as up top.

Federico Chiesa, Juventus

The next pick is perhaps somewhat outlandish, but certainly a player whom Liverpool should be looking at.

Federico Chiesa would be signed by Juventus from Fiorentina in October of 2020.

The 23-year-old went on to enjoy a very respectable debut campaign in Turin, which saw him net 15 goals and provide 11 assists in 45 outings.

Chiesa then had a starring Euro 2020, netting two crucial goals en route to Italy winning the tournament.

The Italian is a right-winger by trade, but is very versatile, and would no doubt do a job in any of Liverpool’s front-three spots.

One of the main issues with Chiesa, though, would likely be his price, with reports over the summer having suggested that Juve rejected an £85m offer from Chelsea:

Adama Traore, Wolves

Regular watchers of the Premier League will of course be very familiar with Adama Traore.

The Spaniard is one of the most entertaining yet frustrating figures in the English top-flight at present.

He managed to complete a staggering 160 dribbles in the PL last term, nearly double the number of 2nd best Marcus Rashford.

Traore also topped the stats for most players dribbled past in 2020/21, beating his man on 173 occasions. Again, for comparison, 2nd placed Marcus Rashford managed to dribble past his man 94 times last season.

And, under new boss Bruno Lage, Traore has continued to look a real threat thus far this season, too.

However, the major factor preventing the ex-Barcelona man from becoming a truly top talent is, as has proven the case since his move to England, a lack of end product.

But Jurgen Klopp is probably one of the few coaches in the Premier League, along with Pep Guardiola, who could be backed to get the very best out of Traore.

Would Liverpool be willing to take a gamble on the Spaniard, though?

Antony, Ajax

The final player Liverpool should look towards to help replace Origi and Minamino is Antony.

The 21-year-old linked up with Dutch powerhouse, Ajax, in July of 2020, departing Sau Paulo for around £14m.

And Antony has since gone on to light up both the Eredivisie and Champions League with his electrifying blend of pace and dazzling skills.

In total, he has scored 11 and assisted 10 in 48 outings for the Dutch giants.

One of the potential drawbacks with Antony is that he is very one-footed, favouring his left a great deal.

This would not necessarily be too much of an issue for Liverpool, however, as Antony is a right-winger, so he would have no issue cutting inside and adding goals from the flank in a similar way to Mo Salah, who is also not that strong on his right foot.

In addition, as well as providing an upgrade on the Reds’ current backup options, the Brazilian could, if he continues to develop, end up proving to be a long-term replacement for Salah.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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