Liverpool weigh up £20m swoop for Bundesliga assist king (not Pulisic) - report
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool are interested in signing RB Leipzig attacker Emil Forsberg, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Merseyside club are considering a £20million move for the 25-year-old after his impressive performances in the Bundesliga this season.
The report details that Jurgen Klopp wants to add to his squad to boost their title challenge and believes the playmaker could be the answer.
Forsberg has been a key factor behind RB Leipzig’s surprise title challenge this season and they are currently just three points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
The attacker can play in either the number 10 role or on the left wing and has been an assist king so far this season.
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He has supplied nine assists in just 16 appearances this campaign, while also chipping in with five goals.
Forsberg has 24 international caps for Sweden and has only ever played in the German or Swedish division during his career.
The playmaker moved to RB Leipzig for just £3million in 2015 and his price tag has shot up significantly after his impressive contributions in front of goal.
He is a January target for Liverpool despite his nightmare match in the recent 3-0 defeat to Bayern, where he was sent off after just 31 minutes for a dangerous challenge on Philipp Lahm.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool should attempt a January raid for Forsberg after his impressive performances in the German league. The attacker clearly has the potential to replicate his stats in the Premier League and fits the attacking style of Klopp. The Merseyside club will be losing attacker Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup of Nations in January and Forsberg seems like a fantastic replacement during his absence. He can play any position along the frontline and would slot straight into the club’s three-man attack. Klopp must strengthen his squad if they are to sustain their title bid and catch leaders Chelsea, something that Forsberg’s creativity could help.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have failed to agree a loan deal for a Serie A midfielder.