Celtic have had a decent winter transfer period so far as they have added much-needed firepower to their attack. However, Brendan Rodgers would be a concerned man after this latest piece of news as according to the Scottish Sun, Liverpool are interested in Celtic’s influential winger James Forrest. Reports add that Jurgen Klopp and his team have been tracking the Scottish international for several months.
The report doesn’t add anything about whether the Reds are interested in bringing him in this month or are looking for a future move for him. In any case, the Hoops faithful and the board would be worried as Forrest is undoubtedly one of the most critical players in this current setup.
Even if Liverpool pay a decent amount of fee for the 27-year-old, losing him would be a big blow for the club and finding his replacement would be tough. The winger has already contributed with 11 goals and a whopping 17 assists this season in all competitions and those numbers just show how much of an impact he has on this Celtic team.
Celtic already lost Moussa Dembele in the 2018 summer window and that allowed Rangers to bridge the gap as in terms of quality and one can now say that the Gers are almost up there with the Hoops. If one takes away Forrest from this team, it would be a titanic blow to the Bhoys. So selling him this month should be out of the equation altogether.
There is no doubt that the winger himself could be tempted to play for one of the best clubs across Europe currently. The Reds are also genuine challengers for the Champions League, and Forrest would know that moving to the Merseyside could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for him.
However, being a born and bred Celtic man, the decision would not be easy for him, and we highly doubt any movement would happen this month. It is likely that Liverpool would have more chances to lure him over the summer transfer window.
Given the kind of football the Reds play, he should fit in well in their system, but he would have to compete for places with some of the top wingers of the world. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane would not be easy to dislodge from the starting lineup, but we feel he can be a good fit at Anfield. All this should worry Rodgers, but as for now, we think they should be able to hold on to their key asset.