Reported Liverpool target backed for Premier League move

Brendan Hodrien June 4, 2020
Reported Liverpool target backed for Premier League move
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It has been a nail biting season for Liverpool fans. Kopites have been teased with Premier League glory and have watched a very public courtship unfold between Jürgen Klopp and Timo Werner. As of yet there is no Premier League title nor is there a German striker signing on the dotted line. However, another Anfield rumour has been given some backing. Reported Liverpool target Victor Osimhen has been urged to move to the Premier League by Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr.

The Reds have been linked with the Lille striker for months now. Le10Sport in France are just one of a number of outlets to insinuate a Merseyside switch for the striker.

At just 21-years-old the Nigerian has been making quite an impression leading the line for LOSC. In Ligue 1 this season he netted 13 goals in 25 games, also picking up two in five games in the Champions League.

For Klopp and country?

Speaking to Channels Television, Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr talked up the prospect of a Premier League switch for Osimhen, saying:

“Victor Osimhen will have a very big opportunity to go from Lille perhaps to the Premier League or Italy to a very, very big club.

“This is a success for him but also for the Super Eagles to have players at Champions League clubs.

“If we have players playing at a very high level for their clubs, our level in the Super Eagles will be growing also.”

An expensive gamble

There is one obvious stumbling block for Liverpool: a massive price tag. Michael Edwards is noted for his shrewd maneuvering in the transfer market and with Le10Sport reporting that the striker could cost between €70-80m the Reds sporting director could be put off any pursuit.

With Timo Werner appearing to be an inevitability for much less money, the likelihood of Liverpool splashing such an enormous sum on a striker with fewer goals is questionable.

However, it is important to consider that Osimhen does offer a plan B to Liverpool. The 21-year-old is a much more domineering forward than both Roberto Firmino and Timo Werner. Osimhen is noted for his aerial ability, when teams park the bus against Jürgen Klopp he may well need somebody to win a header.

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Brendan Hodrien is a woolyback writer, born in Birkenhead and raised by his Dad's stories of Paris, Wembley and Rome. He has appeared on 90Min's YouTube as well as Channel 4's Ultimate Football Fan Show, he is still coming to terms with Liverpool selling Xabi Alonso.