Liverpool need to accelerate move for Nicolas Pepe after Shaqiri injury blow

Nicolas Pepe of Ivory Coast  reacts after defeat in  the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group D match between Morocco  and Ivory Coast at Al-Salam Stadium on June 28, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.

Liverpool are repeatedly keen on signing the Lille winger.

Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (23) in action during the Uefa Champions League Group Stage football match n.3 LIVERPOOL - CRVENA ZVEZDA on 24

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confIrmed that Xherdan Shaqiri is set for a prolonged period on the sidelines with a calf injury yesterday.

Whilst the Swiss ace was not a regular starter for the Reds last season, he was still a key player, making a big diffidence in tight matches, so his absence will be a big blow for Klopp.

And with this in mind, the German must accelerate his reported interest in Lille ace Nicolas Pepe.

 

According to a report from French media outlet RMC Sport, Liverpool have made it their priority to sign the Ivory Coast international this summer.

The 24-year-old was in quite simply sensational form in France last season, racking up 23 goals and 12 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.

And the Lille ace really would be a superb addition for the Reds.

Klopp needs more competition for places in attack, especially after Daniel Sturridge left Anfield on a free this summer, and Pepe would be just the ticket for Liverpool.

Nicolas Pepe of Lille during the Ligue 1 match between Stade Rennais football club and LOSC Lille Association on May 24, 2019 in Rennes, France.

According to French publication L'Equipe, the 24-year-old is valued at around €90 million (£80 million), and the Reds need to just pay up to get their man.

Pepe has the ability to go on and become one of the world's best attackers, and £80 million could end up looking like great value for money for Liverpool.

And with Shaqiri now ruled out for an indefinite period of time, the Reds must intensify their pursuit of the Lille winger.

Nicolas Pepe of Lille with the trophy best player of the season during the Ligue 1 match between Lille and Angers on May 18, 2019 in Lille, France.

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