Liverpool have been backed to raid Wolverhampton Wanderers for Raul Jimenez this summer, with Anfield hero Stan Collymore confident that the Mexico international can provide competition for Roberto Firmino (the Mirror, 7 July, page 47).
Considering that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have stormed to the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion, it seems bizarre to suggest that 2019/20 has been a season to forget for their first-choice centre-forward.
But Firmino, as we are sure you’re all aware by now, has not scored a single goal at Anfield all season.
While there is certainly more to his game than putting the ball in the back of the net (despite what the stat-mad Twitterrati would have you believe), a tally of just eight strikes in 33 games leaves a lot to be desired.
With that in mind, Collymore would love to see Liverpool snap up one of the most prolific centre-forwards in England as the Merseyside giants look to ensure they stay on their proverbial perch for years to come.
“Liverpool should have two Wolves players on their shopping lists this summer – Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore,” the former striker says.
“Troare is the obvious one but Jimenez has settled into the Premier League like a duck to water. He’s great in the box, attacks crosses exceptionally well, links play and is an all-round eight out of ten in the art of striking.
“He could provide real competition for Bobby Firmino at Anfield.”
According to BleacherReport, Wolves are determined to hang on to their 24-goal top-scorer with a staggering £90 million price-tag likely to price out almost every club on the planet during a period of unprecedented financial uncertainty.
But that has not stopped Jimenez flirting very publicly with a move away from Molineux in recent weeks.
Speaking to Bolavip, he has described a potential move to Liverpool as ‘very cool’.
At the age of 29, and at the peak of his powers, Jimenez knows that he might never have a better chance to join one of football’s bona fide super-clubs.