Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo…Liverpool has one of the best forward lines not only in the Premier League but also in the world. With youngsters Ben Doak and Harvey Elliott also in the squad, the future is bright.
However, it is not without its concerns. The Egyptian winger, who has been a prolific goalscorer and has also produced an assist this season, is beyond his prime, and with strong interest from Saudi Arabia, his departure has been the focus of much attention.
Al-Ittihad is expected to try to acquire him next summer, which could be even more hectic than this summer. Liverpool is on the hunt for his successor, and there has been speculation about a wide variety of wingers, including West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen and Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams.
According to the Mail Online, scouts are also eyeing the Bundesliga, with Liverpool interested in Dutch international Donyell Malen, who is a member of Borussia Dortmund. The report also says that the player, who is under contract until 2026, would cost £52 million.
The fast-footed forward, who also had a stint at Arsenal in his youth days, made the step up to Dortmund from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2021, and last season he led the team in the championship race until the final stages, scoring 10 goals and getting 8 assists in 35 games.
He has been a mainstay this season, scoring four goals in eight games at a high pace. He is also a regular in the Dutch national team and has been called up to the pitch for the UEFA Nations League Finals and the EURO qualifiers.
He can play on the left or right wing or as a center forward, and his age of 24 is also attractive. He has a perfect track record, having played numerous games in the Champions League and Europa League.
Although it is harsh to compare him with Mohamed Salah, it is also true that he is a little short of being his successor. On the other hand, Liverpool was interested in him during his time at the Eredivisie, so there is no denying the possibility that they will try to acquire him again.
Will the Dutch international play for Anfield in the near future?