Amidst rumours of their scouting Athletic Bilbao wonder boy Inaki Williams, Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the Reds are open to signing a forward in the January transfer window.
Liverpool FC’s problem up front is well documented, with forwards Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings out injured and Christian Benteke proving to be a misfit for the tactics of Jurgen Klopp.
Such has been the predicament at Anfield that the goal return so far has been the least in Liverpool FC’s Premier League history.
Klopp confirms forward hunt is on
Speaking ahead of the tie against arch rivals Manchester United, Klopp confirmed that the Reds are looking for a forward in the transfer window to solve their goalscoring problems.
He was quoted saying by the Liverpool Echo: “We are two weeks without a player so you think ‘okay, we’ll take another one’, but then in two weeks we have one too much or two too much.”
“They all come back. Buying players is not too easy. We don’t have too many striking options that is true.
“So then we had to do something. We are always watching the offensive ends for what we can do. Probably, maybe or never. Then we have to make decisions about where we want to go.”
Inaki Williams an option?
The Reds have been linked with a move for the Spanish forward, Inaki Williams, who plies his trade with Athletic Bilbao in Spain.
The forward has scored 10 goals so far this season and is the youngest to do so in the top 5 European leagues.
Williams is being scouted by Liverpool FC as per reports from the Guardian, who cite his release clause to be 20m Euros.
The report states:
Liverpool are monitoring Athletic Bilbao’s forward Iñaki Williams, who has a release clause in his contract of €20m and has also attracted interest from Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid.
Arsenal and Tottenham have also sent scouts to watch Williams but Atlético and Real could make a move for him in this transfer window given that they are facing transfer bans in the summer and January 2017.
The forwards performances at St. Mames indicates that he is already playing at a decent level in one of the top leagues in the world and should be able to fit in at Anfield, provided that he adapts to the league.
He could also prove to be a long term replacement for the constantly injured Daniel Sturridge.