With Jurgen Klopp seemingly determined to add wide players to his squad this summer, Red Bull Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg has emerged as a target.
With a lack of orthodox wide options, Klopp has crafted a narrow 4-2-3-1 for his Liverpool side this season, but having recalled loanees Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent to add to Jordon Ibe, it is clear that the German is searching for wingers.
Jones claims that Forsberg was the subject of an enquiry from the Reds’ recruitment team already this winter, but only a year into his spell with the 2. Bundesliga side, is unlikely to depart until the summer.
This has seemingly not deterred Klopp, as Jones suggests that “Liverpool will continue to monitor [Forsberg] as they consider a summer offer.”
The 24-year-old joined RB Leipzig from Swedish side Malmo in January of last year, after gaining considerable experience in his homeland.
With Malmo, Forsberg won back-to-back Allsvenskan titles in 2013 and 2014, as well as competing in the Champions League.
A move to Germany’s second tier has allowed Forsberg to progress further, but has not hampered his opportunities on the international stage, with 13 caps to his name so far.
Primarily a left-sided winger, Forsberg is a pacy wide man with intelligent movement, and would add an interesting option to Klopp’s squad.
Klopp has shown little interest in pursuing big-name targets so far in his Liverpool reign, with Marko Grujic and Steven Caulker his first two signings as manager on Merseyside, and nurturing Forsberg’s promise could be an attractive option for the 48-year-old.
Likely an inexpensive option for the summer transfer window, signing Forsberg would give Klopp extra leeway elsewhere in the market.