A deep dive into Liverpool's attacking transfer targets this summer

  • Liverpool are looking at several Premier League forwards to bolster the attack
  • One under-the-radar name from the Championship is also gaining momentum
  • A proven international from Italy would be a fine signing indeed
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa - Premier League / Alex Davidson/GettyImages

Besides inserting a spine in the midfield, Liverpool also seeks another high-standard finisher to boost its front.

Despite wrapping up the season with the most shot attempts (790) and third-best goals (86) converted, the Reds fell short of scoring effectively as they missed 79 big chances (1st of PL last season), including 25 woodwork hits (the most).

Most awkwardly, the team recorded 100 offsides, ranking the most in the league last season.

Since new manager Arne Slot intends to maintain the offensive orientation for the team, it’s necessary to build up a vivid attacking form if Liverpool wants to achieve more after Jürgen Klopp’s era.

As Liverpool keeps eyeing good strikers this summer, let’s pick up some remarkable targets to see how they would be expected to help the team.

Michael Olise (Crystal City, PL)

Being one of the hottest attackers in the upcoming summer window, the 22-year old Frenchman surged in the last Premier League season with ten goals and six assists (19 appearances), generating a 5.5 xG per match.

Liverpool reportedly covets the rising star and wants to steal him from Manchester United who put him as its major target.

Although Olise played as a midfielder in Crystal Palace, he can also implement the winger duty on the pitch and post threats.

Despite the one-month absence in January due to a hamstring injury, he then regained strength, only allowing two losses in the second half of the season and helping his team avoid relegation.

Olise is a lefty known for his dribbling and passing abilities. His profile differs from Salah's, but his ball-carrying and creativity could add a new dimension to Liverpool's offense.

Olise's ability to play both in midfield and forward provides tactical flexibility. His dribbling and passing prowess could help Liverpool break down stubborn defenses and create more scoring opportunities.

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford, PL)

Bryan Mbeumo, a versatile attacker from Brentford, has also been on Liverpool's radar. The Cameroon international has expressed a strong desire to play for top clubs.

Mbeumo has been instrumental in Brentford's success, contributing significantly to their promotion to the Premier League and their performance in the top flight.

Bryan Mbeumo
AFC Bournemouth v Brentford FC - Premier League / Warren Little/GettyImages

Mbeumo primarily plays on the right wing but is also capable of playing as a central striker or part of a two-man strike force.

His ability to cut inside onto his stronger left foot and his versatility makes him a valuable asset.

With nine goals and six assists in the Premier League last season, Mbeumo has shown he can contribute offensively. His ambition to win major trophies and his versatility could provide Liverpool with a dynamic option in their attacking lineup.

Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa, PL)

Due to the lack of ability to cutting edge in front of goal, Liverpool is seeking an absolute finisher to nail shots in big moments.

Watkins, the newer England selection for the Euro 2024 who just helped Villa advance to the Champions League next season, becomes an appropriate option to mitigate the issue. 

With Villa, Watkins has notched an impressive 28 goals with an astonishing 16.8 xG across all competitions, showcasing his prowess who excels in making penetrating runs behind defenses.

His technical proficiency with both feet and knack for creating scoring opportunities make him a versatile offensive threat, capable of occupying various attacking positions on the field.

Once Watkins joins Liverpool, his arrival would bolster the Reds attacking side significantly. His goal contributions and his versatility offer the team a reliable and dynamic option up front.

With a style of play that aligns well with Liverpool's attacking philosophy, Watkins could seamlessly integrate into the squad, providing valuable depth and enhancing their offensive capabilities as they strive for success in domestic and European competitions.

Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United, EPL)

In the EFL Championship last season, Summerville produced 20 goals with nine assists, becoming one of the main forces to promote Leeds back to the Premier League.

As a rising talent from the Netherlands, he displays promise with his speed and dribbling prowess, making him an intriguing prospect for Liverpool despite his lesser-established status compared to other targets.

Last season, Summerville posted a horrifying 0.51 take-on success rate. With his agility and skill in juking out defenders, Summerville's playing style aligns well with Liverpool's aggressive pressing and rapid attacking strategy.

If integrated into Liverpool's setup, his development under the coaching staff could see him evolve into a formidable offensive asset, thanks to his raw talent and potential growth within the squad.

Federico Chiesa (Juventus, Serie A)

An unexpected take from Italy, but it is worth watching. The 26-year old Italian international just experienced one of his highs last season with Juventus, tallying nine goals with two assists.

Despite the team having a disappointing season, Juventus still secured the Coppa Italia title with Chiesa’s assistance. 

Chiesa, renowned for his speed and scoring prowess, presents Liverpool with an opportunity for immediate impact.

His versatility, adeptness on both wings and up front, and straightforward playing style could align with Liverpool's dynamic attacking approach. With experience at the highest level and international competitions,  Chiesa's potential can further be exploited, elevating Liverpool's offense.