Paul Merson has suggested that Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be ideal for Liverpool, as he feels they lack a traditional centre-forward in their squad.
Arsenal signed Aubameyang for £56million (BBC) back in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund and he’s turned out to be a stunning addition to English football.
The striker has 61 goals in just 97 appearances for the Gunners since his move to the Emirates Stadium and is such a clinical finisher in front of goal.
According to 90min, Liverpool are interested in signing Aubameyang and that there has been no progress on extending his current Arsenal deal that expires in 2021.
The report adds that Chelsea and Barcelona are also keen on him, with the Reds focusing their attention on RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner for now.
Merson believes that Aubameyang could add something extra to Jurgen Klopp’s side and he previously worked with the German manager at Dortmund.
“Liverpool do need a forward. Let’s be honest, they haven’t got a natural striker. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino work really well together as a three, but you do need someone who can bang in 25 goals without a fuss,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Firmino is a top player but he can go long periods of time without scoring. You still need someone who is a safety net in terms of goals and that’s what Aubameyang can provide.”
Aubameyang is certainly one of the best strikers in the Premier League right now and he’s got 20 goals in just 32 matches this season across all competitions for an Arsenal team that have been fairly average for long spells.
He’s a goal machine that would surely hit the ground running at Anfield, but the only issue would be trying to squeeze him into the XI and it makes no sense to disrupt a front trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane when they are so effective.
There could be a case made to suggest that Aubameyang is a much better goal threat than Firmino, but whether he could play the same role in the central role is a totally different question.