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Liverpools attack could evolve with £77m double deal – Liverpool Echo

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Heading into the summer transfer window, Liverpool are being linked with a variety of big names.

Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe have been linked for some time, and Juventus star Paulo Dybala even popped up on the rumour mill over the recently.

But in truth, none of those names are particularly ‘Liverpool’ signings – Thiago Alcantara aside, who was a big name arrival, albeit one with 12 months left on his Bayern Munich deal, they tend to go more left-field.

With the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi potentially departing over the summer, another Diogo Jota-style arrival would make a lot of sense, and fit with the Liverpool model.

But who might fit the bill and be available at a sensible price-tag this summer, regardless of Champions League football possibly being absent at Anfield in 2021/22?

Harvey Barnes at Leicester City and Raphinha at Leeds United have both been linked at times, too.

But these are the two players who were picked out on the Analysing Anfield podcast, with both closer to traditional number nines than Liverpool currently play with.

David Hughes – Alexander Isak

“I haven’t scouted him but Alexander Isak is doing some nice stuff at Real Sociedad.

“He was at Borussia Dortmund originally and he has been scoring a lot of goals and has some good underlying numbers.

“For Sociedad, he is playing in a 4-3-3. His profile is different to Roberto Firmino but he seems to be doing some good stuff and he is only 21 as well.

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“He could be an option as someone a little bit different.”

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Isak is currently valued at £53m by scouting and analytics site Five Yards and has 12 goals and two assists in 23 LaLiga appearances so far this season.

He was signed by Sociedad from Dortmund in 2019 having failed to score in five senior appearances in Germany and has gone on to net 21 times in 58 goals so far while playing for the Basque side under Imanol Alguacil.

Josh Williams – Andre Silva

“I prefer Liverpool to buy forwards rather than strikers, because strikers are a little more fixed in place.

“Unless it is an Erling Haaland or someone like that, I prefer Liverpool to buy forwards like Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah – players like that.

“But one striker who has caught my attention this season is Andre Silva, at Eintracht Frankfurt.

“He is still only 25, he was at AC Milan but it didn’t quite work out and he moved to Germany.

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“He is having a good season and a little bit like Salah before Liverpool signed him, he is posting really good numbers without anyone really talking about him.”

Silva signed for AC Milan for more than £30m in 2017 having emerged from the FC Porto academy system, where he grew up knowing Jurgen Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders, who worked at youth level for the club in an overlapping period.

He signed on loan for a season with Sevilla, scoring nine times in 27 games, then Eintracht, getting 12 in 25, before making the move to Germany permanent last summer.

Silva is currently valued at £24m by Five Yards and has averaged a goal contribution per game in the Bundesliga this season (19 goals and four assists in 23 matches).

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