Liverpool identify ideal Roberto Firmino replacement; Aston Villa, Newcastle could scupper Klopp plan
Liverpool have joined Newcastle and Aston Villa in the pursuit of AS Roma centre-forward Tammy Abraham, according to reports.
The 24-year-old has, overall, enjoyed his time in the Serie A after leaving Chelsea in 2021. Now, he is being heavily linked with a return to the Premier League.
Abraham will not come cheap, though, with Roma slapping a sizeable price tag on the England international.
The 25-year-old proved to be an instant hit under Jose Mourinho last season. He managed to score 27 goals in his debut campaign and helped Roma win the UEFA Europa Conference league.
However, this season, he has struggled to replicate his previous form. So far, he has scored nine goals and made seven assists in the Serie A.
Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp reportedly sees Abraham as a potential replacement for Roberto Firmino, who will leave Liverpool on a free transfer this summer.
The Brazilian has big boots to fill, but Abraham has proved he can be a clinical goal scorer when he’s in top form. So, it will be interesting if they make a concrete move for him at the end of the season.
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Klopp considering Abraham swoop
According to reports coming out of Spain (via CaughtOffside), Liverpool are ready to enter the race for Abraham this summer.
As previously reported by TEAMtalk, Aston Villa were thought to be leading the race for the striker, while Newcastle are also in the race. But, there could still be some twists in the upcoming transfer window.
Indeed, Liverpool could look to bring in a new centre-forward this summer, given they are set to lose Firmino.
Firmino will turn 32 this year, but he has still scored nine goals and made four assists this season, so there’s no doubt his departure will leave a gap in the Reds’ squad.
Klopp does have the likes of Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota, and arguably Cody Gakpo who could play in his position. But, a quality striker signing certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
Abraham could be a good option. But, he doesn’t really share too many characteristics with Firmino, given he is more of a target man than a pressing forward.
Nevertheless, Klopp reportedly sees him as a good option. As mentioned, he won’t be cheap signing, but won’t be mega-bucks, either.
Roma are thought to have slapped a £40m price tag on Abraham, so Liverpool will have to put their money where their mouth is to get a deal over the line.
But, if Abraham has a similar impact on Liverpool to the one he had at Roma in his debut season, he will be worth every penny.
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