Liverpool target could see Jurgen Klopp make squad tweak amid Roberto Firmino speculation

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Liverpool have reportedly earmarked Sweden striker Alexander Isak as a potential replacement for Roberto Firmino – but the Anfield fan favourite is far from done. Isak has just had his best season to date, having scored 17 La Liga goals for Real Sociedad, and the 21-year-old is also reportedly on the radar of Arsenal and Chelsea.

After his impressive showing against Spain in Euro 2020 earlier this week, reports from Spain claimed Isak had been watched by Liverpool for some time as Jurgen Klopp weighs up eventual successors to Firmino.

The 29-year-old Reds striker faced criticism last season over his lack of goals as his side’s title defence fell apart, and saw his place in the team come under threat from Diogo Jota.

But the Brazilian finished the season strongly, helping Liverpool secure a Champions League spot with three goals in the last four games – including two against fierce rivals Manchester United – as well as a couple of assists in the run-in.

And while there has been much speculation about Klopp overhauling his attack in this summer’s transfer window, it is additional options and tweaks the Reds boss will be looking at, rather than wholesale changes.

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That’s what the manager did when signing Jota from Wolves last October, with the Portuguese striker exploding from the off at Anfield with a flurry of goals before he was sidelined by a knee injury.

Before his injury, Jota provided Firmino with some stiff competition – but Klopp always maintained that all his forwards were integral to his plans, with each offering different attributes.

And the Reds boss will need plenty of options as Liverpool target success on four fronts next term following the disappointment of losing their Premier League crown to Manchester City.

Anfield icon Jamie Carragher says the team which powered them to European and domestic glory in successive seasons “isn’t finished” but just needs a few tweaks.

“Through the spine of the team, there should be an addition in every area,” Carragher told The Athletic. “They’ve got the centre-back in Konate but they also need a midfield player to replace Gini Wijnaldum and an attacking player to add more goals.

“This Liverpool team has been together since 2018 and has been absolutely out of this world. This team isn’t finished but it definitely needs a bit of help.”

Isak, a big centre-forward capable of leading the line, could end up providing some of that help if he can be prised away from Sociedad.

Another player who should be on Liverpool’s radar is Ollie Watkins, according to legendary former Reds striker Robbie Fowler.

“I like Ollie Watkins at Villa,” said Fowler.

“When you start delving into how Liverpool play and how they press, his stats are perfect. He scores goals and his work rate is spot on. He looks like a Klopp player to me.”

Whether Liverpool sign Isak, Watkins or another striker remains to be seen – but with City, United and Chelsea all expected to strengthen over the summer, different tactical approaches will be needed for different opponents.

So expect Firmino to have a big role to play over the remaining two years of his contract.

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