Liverpool enter the battle to sign No.11 forward

The German manager has reportedly ‘made a direct request’ to the Liverpool board to add Nice centre-forward Amine Gouiri. U21 France international joined the Ligue 1 side from Lyon in the summer of 2020 and operates either as a left-winger or striker.

Amine notched 16 goals and eight assists in all tournaments last campaign and already has four goals and an assist in four league games this term. Roberto Firmino, a mainstay in Jurgen Klopp’s side for several campaigns, has managed only five goals in 25 league games this calendar year and has lost his place in the starting lineup to Diogo Jota.

Reports have claimed the Reds would have moved for a forward this summer had they been able to ship Xhedan Shaqiri, who eventually joined Lyon for £5m, out earlier in the window and found a suitor for Divock Origi.

It means Liverpool don’t have the same abundance of options as their title rivals and the club are aware that they need to find a long-term replacement for Roberto Firmino.

Amine has a ‘similar profile’ to the Brazilian and Jurgen Klopp ‘seems very interested’ in the Frenchman. They add that the German manager has ‘made a direct request’ to the Reds bosses to sign the Nice star.