By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are drawing up a list of potential January transfer targets as they look for attacking cover for Danny Ings and Sadio Mane, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to dip into the window in the wake of Ings’ season-ending knee injury.
Klopp’s attacking options will be further depleted early in the new year by Mane’s month-long absence due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
It will leave Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi as the club’s frontline strikers but Klopp believes the double blow of losing Mane and Ings means the Reds may need to splash the cash in order to ensure they have sufficient cover to maintain a challenge for silverware.
The Echo report states that owners Fenway Sports Group have made it clear that money is available to strengthen the squad with Klopp having returned a profit on his transfer dealings last summer.
It is said that Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic remains on Liverpool’s radar after they failed with a bid to sign the young American in the summer.
New sporting director Michael Edwards will be tasked with drawing up a list of potential January targets.
Mane will link up with the Senegal squad in early January ahead of the tournament in Gabon which takes place from 14 January 14 to 5 February.
The scheduling of the Africa Cup of Nations is a source of frustration but the good news for Klopp is that Joel Matip is highly unlikely to be involved.
The Liverpool centre-back isn’t part of the current Cameroon set-up following a self-imposed exile from international football.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have made a landmark recruitment decision that Klopp is thrilled about.