Klopp signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2015, and since then, he has been on a mission to bring back the glory days for this giant English club.
First, he guided them to their sixth Champions League victory, and then the following season, despite Manchester City’s dominance in England he led them to their first league title after 30 years.
Liverpool won their first-ever Premier League because of the Klopp effect and they now stand at 19 league titles just 1 behind their infinite rival Manchester United.
Klopp made this a reality, by signings that were smart and timely in nature. Firmino, Salah, Mane who are probably the best front three in Europe, were all signed by Klopp for Liverpool.
Their importance cannot be quantified, they have been wreaking havoc for the opponents. Whether it be Europe or England they have scored, assisted, and basically won games for Liverpool.
The front three has been crucial for Liverpool, so much so that they alone account for 55 percent of all Liverpool goals.
The fourth option Diego Jota accounts for a further 20 percent.
The Liverpool attack is pristine and it has been for a number of years now, but there is a problem.
In 2023 the contracts of Salah, Mane, and Firmino are up. Potentially, in a split of a second Liverpool’s front 3 can vanish. That is one of the reasons why they signed Luis Diaz.
To top that off, Klopp’s contract runs out as well in 2024.
Now, no one is saying that all three will leave the club, perhaps no one will. But in the worst case if anyone was the leave what are Liverpool’s options?
It is not in Klopp’s nature to leave a club with unresolved issues; therefore, he will find a solution before bidding farewell to Liverpool (if he does).
So, let’s take a look at some potential candidates that Liverpool can sign this summer, to fill the shoes of Liverpool’s front three – if and when they decide to leave.
Tetê from Shakhtar Donetsk
Now the mould to fit if a player wants to replace Liverpool’s immaculate front 3 is extremely challenging.
The wide attacker must be quick, skillful, and hardworking and the center forward should be able to press, drop off and score goals for themselves.
All of them should be versatile enough to play in more than one position in the forward line.
Tete who is a 22-year-old Brazilian and plays for Shakhtar Donetsk can very well fit that mold.
He possesses all the skills required to be in the Liverpool front three, but what stands out is his passing from a slightly deeper position which often leads to changing the angle of attack.
His goals per 90 are trending upwards season by season and he is only 22 years old.
Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig
A PSG academy product who mastered his skills at Leipzig could be another potential fit for the reds. Christopher Nkunku’s dribbling ability, shooting, and deft through balls are remarkable.
He also possesses the ability to read match situations very well.
He broke through under Julian Nagelsmann and, at 24 years old, is ready to enter his prime.
Benjamin Šeško from RB Salzburg
Benjamin Šeško who is only 18 years of age plays for RB Salzburg and he can be a player Liverpool might be enticed to sign
He is 6 foot 3 inches tall, he is strong, possesses an aerial threat, and surprisingly has a deft touch.
He has a 0.57 of goals & assists per 90.
Benjamin Šeško is still a work in progress but he can be a very strong bench option for Liverpool.
So that’s the list!
We feel these are the players that Liverpool can set their eyes on, in case of calamity occurs, where the front three decides to find a home elsewhere!
Until then, Liverpool can continue their pursuit of league title number 20 by chasing the always-running-away Manchester City!