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Liverpool Register Interest In This German Star: Why Klopp Needs To Step In

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In a recent podcast, reliable journalists Tobi Altschäffl and Christian Falk have discussed the possibility of in-demand Karim Adeyemi’s potential Liverpool transfer. The German teenager is in a blistering scoring form for Red Bull Salzburg and the clubs, therefore, are circling like vultures to secure his service in winter.

Although Borussia Dortmund are leading the race, Liverpool remain an appealing option due to the charisma and influence of Jurgen Klopp in German football. The 19-year-old centre-forward might think twice about a return to his homeland, however, the Reds must table a fascinating offer to initiate transfer talks.

Adeyemi spent a brief stint at Bayern Munich at the age of 8 before leaving for SpVgg Unterhaching. There he spent his academy years and impressed the scouts of RB Salzburg. A loan to their feeder club FC Liefering handed him exposure to senior football and the youngster is now enjoying a majestic run donning the Red Bulls colours with 15 goals in 22 outings across competitions (stats via Transfermarket).

Liverpool, meanwhile, have one of the finest ‘front three’s in world football. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are still irreplaceable in Klopp’s ‘heavy metal football’, whereas the impressive poaching trait of Diogo Jota offers more firepower in the attacking third. Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino have been lethal in limited minutes and an immediate starting role won’t be handed to Adeyemi if he plies his trade at Merseyside.

Liverpool target Karim Adeyemi in action for Salzburg
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 02: Karim Adeyemi of FC Salzburg controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group G match between VfL Wolfsburg and RB Salzburg at Volkswagen Arena on November 02, 2021 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)Liver

Why Liverpool Would Require Attacking Reinforcements In Winter

Having said that, the Reds might undergo a crisis in January. Both Salah and Mane would leave for the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations thus jeopardizing the title challenge amid fierce competition. Firmino has struggled of late due to form and fitness reasons and the absence of their dynamic wingers must be handled with key additions.

It was a quiet summer for Liverpool in terms of new signing and the owners must show their ambition in the upcoming window to find long-term successors of the ageing frontline. They have a cordial relation with the Red Bull group that smoothened the transfers of Naby Keita and Minamino, and the same must be explored once more to tie down the Die Mannschaft international.

According to AS, Xavi has registered interest in Adeyemi to bolster the Barcelona attack. The Catalans are eying resurgence under his management and the promising ‘number 9’ has a plethora of options before deciding his next destination in the due course of time.

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