Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been urged by BBC Sport pundit Stephen Warnock to snap up Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
The Gabon international is an essential player for Arsenal, with 22 goals this season so far and 63 in all competitions since joining the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
However, Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates Stadium is uncertain, given his contract expires next summer and no breakthrough has been made on a new deal.
If the 31-year-old doesn’t pen new terms before the upcoming transfer window, the Gunners will have to decide whether to cash in on him or let his contract run down.
Warnock, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, reckons Liverpool should pounce to provide competition to Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack.
“If I was Jurgen Klopp, I’d be going for him with a year left on his contract,” said the former Reds man.
“You’re wanting a goalscorer who can either come off the bench and play on a regular basis.
“He will challenge the front three, he doesn’t need time to settle, you know he’s proven, he knows the manager and the manager knows what he’s about.
“Aubameyang will be on big wages, but he won’t cost you big money to get him out with a year left on his contract and the age that he’s at.”
Aubameyang was signed by Klopp in the summer of 2013 and spent two years playing under the German coach, winning two German Super Cups alongside him.
While Klopp left in at the end of the 2014-15 season, Aubameyang remained a further two-and-a-half years, eventually joining Arsenal for £56million.
A player of Aubameyang’s calibre should not be getting to the last 12 months of his contract without a resolution, and with the football industry set for a huge financial blow in wake of the global health crisis, Arsenal’s hand is weakened even further – a gamble which has backfired massively.
Though he may be 31, he’s unlikely to cost a huge amount of money, and the prospect of joining arguably the biggest and most successful club in the world right now, under a manager that knows him well and rates him highly, would not be unrealistic by any means.
What Klopp said about Aubameyang:
As quoted by FourFourTwo in August 2019: “Auba has actually no real weaknesses apart from his fashion style!
“He played as a winger at Saint-Etienne at that time, but we needed a No.9 because Robert Lewandowski was leaving us.
“We thought long about it, then he came in and played on the wing. Later on we realised he is a really good central striker, a No.9 as well.
“It was not immediate like this. He developed incredibly and became a goal machine and I have to say his finishing is incredible. Combine that with the speed and it is really interesting.”