Report: Liverpool battling West Ham for 21-goal striker
French outlet Foot Mercato have claimed that Liverpool are battling West Ham United for FC Porto striker Moussa Marega, who scored an impressive 21 goals last season.
The 28-year-old spearheaded Porto’s attack last season, clocking up 47 appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese giants. He netted 21 times, but also proved somewhat creative – laying on 11 assists.
In his 100 appearances for Porto, the 18-time Mali international has got a ratio of one goal almost every two games – scoring 45 times. Marega scored six times in the Champions League, finishing level third with Cristiano Ronaldo.
French giants Marseille are also said to be interested in Marega, who is said to be valued at £26.7million by Porto. Liverpool are likely to want Marega as a back-up striker, while he would surely be first choice for the Hammers.
Pace, power and precision. There are many strikers that come to the Premier League for the first time and there are doubts over whether he can cope with the fast-paced, physical top tier of English football.
But it is a different story with Marega. The African ace boasts all the necessary attributes required to be able to hit the ground running under Jurgen Klopp. The only question is, where does this leave Divock Origi?
A Champions League hero as Roberto Firmino’s back up, Origi scored a brace in the Barcelona comeback and the second in the final against Tottenham. Marega or Origi? It is a very tough question to answer.