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Liverpool Among Several Clubs Hoping To Recruit This Promising Forward: Right Fit For Klopp?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mail has stated that Liverpool are among several clubs hoping to recruit Red Bull Salzburg forward Patson Daka. However, it is understood that the Reds could rival Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal in the race to secure the signature of the Zambian striker (via The Daily Mail).

Daka’s Majestic Form At The Red Bull Arena This Season

Daka is having the best season of his young career after producing a series of match-winning displays as the focal point of the Salzburg attack. The Chingola-born sensation has scored 27 goals and provided eight assists in 31 appearances for the Austrian giants this term across all fronts.

The 22-year-old has impressed a lot with his performances in Europe as he is averaging 1.2 tackles, 2.5 shots and 1.2 key passes per game in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League this season. However, Daka needs to take care of the ball when interchanging possession with his teammates in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 65% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

The Zambian frontman will only get better with each season, so it makes sense for any of his potential suitors including Liverpool to engineer a move to sign him when the transfer window reopens later this summer.

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What Are The Zambian Youngster’s Strengths?

Daka is one of the quickest players in European football and can use his electric pace well to get in behind the opposition backline. He has slowly but surely transformed himself into a deadly finisher in the attacking third as he has banged in goals for fun for Salzburg this season.

The 18-time Zambia international also works his socks off when running the channels for his team. He has even got a great leap in him that helps him net some important goals via headers. However, Daka is still unproven outside Austrian football, so there are still some question marks over whether he can maintain his high standards in the Premier League if a club of Liverpool’s size decide to move in for him during the summer transfer period.

Is Daka The Right Fit For The Reds?

At 22, the Zambian marksman is a player on the rise and would add a lot of long-term value to the Merseyside club. He is also versatile enough to play anywhere across the frontline which means he could serve as an ideal back-up to Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino next season.

Plus, Daka’s prolific goal-scoring record this season suggests that he will be a significant upgrade over Divock Origi who has struggled to give a good account of himself at Anfield of late. All in all, the RB Salzburg star will be an excellent fit for Jurgen Klopp’s brand of football and has what it takes to be a success story in English football in the years to come.

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