57 goals and 42 assists – Liverpool want free Ligue 1 star

Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) /

Liverpool wants to sign one of Ligue 1’s best players over the past few years for absolutely nothing.

According to reports in Marca, sporting director Michael Edwards would be keen to seal the deal for a bargain 27-year-old who has dominated over in France.

Liverpool will need some forward replacements as they head into the 2021/2022 campaign. There are a ton of players who will be allowed to walk out the door, including Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Divock Origi.

That would leave the Reds a little light up top, but with the hegemony of Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, it wouldn’t make sense spending big in this area.

Don’t forget, Liverpool will also welcome Harvey Elliott back from his outstanding loan move to Blackburn Rovers. He is still only 17-years-old but has played 33 Championship games, scoring five goals and grabbing 10 assists.

Jurgen Klopp will surely want to involve Elliott in the first-team in some capacity next season, which is why the rumours linking Memphis Depay with Liverpool make sense.

The Dutch international is a strong, all-round forward with good numbers for goals and assists. During his time with Lyon, the former Manchester United man has scored 57 times but also assisted 42.

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Depay is also available on a free transfer and it doesn’t seem like he’ll secure new terms with the French side. Barcelona are also interested in him, as are Juventus, added the report, so Depay won’t be short on option when it comes to the summer.

Liverpool should make a move for Memphis Depay

One stumbling block could be Liverpool’s potential lack of Champions League football next season. At his age, Depay won’t want to wait to play in the European elite competition and time is not on his side.

However, Klopp’s pulling power is well known and in that respect, Liverpool has an ace up their sleeve.