Liverpool are lining up a potential January swoop for FC Rostov and Iran forward Sardar Azmoun.
With Danny Ings out until the end of the season after sustaining another serious knee injury and Sadio Mane set to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations in January, Jurgen Klopp is in the market for attacking reinforcements.
The Reds’ German boss admitted last week he could delve into the transfer market when it reopens in the new year, the Liverpool Echo report.
Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are the club’s frontline strikers but Klopp believes the Reds may need to splash the cash in order to ensure they have sufficient cover to maintain a challenge for silverware.
“We watch the market all the time and of course we need to be prepared for different situations and one of them is injuries,” Klopp said.
“The African Cup of Nations we already knew about so we don’t need to be influenced or surprised by that, but it could be a moment when we approach the market.
“It’s not about about how many strikers. Three strikers is enough, I think. But when Sadio is away we will be without a winger. We do not have many wingers, I would say.”
Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic remains on the radar but Azmoun, an Iranian international, has now emerged as a player interesting the club’s scouting network.
This should come as no real surprise, of course. Azmoun is fast becoming a highly-rated prospect for his performances in Russia – the sort of player Liverpool are constantly in the market for.