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Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi – but the wonderkid may have to be convinced that his former team-mate Takumi Minamino made the right move in joining Jurgen Klopp’s side. Adeyemi has also attracted the interest of Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund after scoring 11 goals already this season.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been in blistering form this season, having set up Sadio Mane before scoring a wonder goal himself in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
But Klopp is still expected to target front-line reinforcements when the transfer window re-opens, with the Reds boss needing a succession plan for his established stars.
Adeyemi has emerged as a potential target according to reports from his native Germany, with his fine form this season having resulted in a goalscoring international debut last month.
The 19-year-old has found the net eight times already for Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, as well as three in the Champions League – including both goals in their 2-1 win over Lille last week.
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Last month it was reported by Transfermarkt that Liverpool and Barcelona are both interested in the left-footer, who can play on either flank as well as up front.
The latest report from Sky Germany claims Adeyemi will “definitely” leave Salzburg in 2022 for a fee of between £25million and £34m.
But the report says Liverpool will face tough competition if they want to sign him, with the teenager preferring a return to Germany where Bayern and Dortmund are said to be keen on snapping him up.
The Reds could also have a job persuading Adeyemi he would see much action at Anfield – especially if he looks at the career of former team-mate Minamino since the Japan international joined Liverpool in January 2020.
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Minamino was signed on the back of Salzburg’s impressive run in the 2019 Champions League group stages, in which Erling Haaland also starred before joining Dortmund.
With Salah, Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota the established stars of Liverpool’s attack, the 26-year-old has been unable to nail down a place in Klopp’s team, and spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton.
He did impress, however, against Norwich in the Carabao Cup last month, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory, and was praised by Klopp after the game following his recovery from a recent injury.
“Players need time to get back on track after an injury,” said Klopp, adding: “He deserved his two goals. His first one was really good awareness, quick in mind and finished the situation off.
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“The second one I didn’t really see 100 per cent but his acceleration into the box and his shot in small space was really good.
“And he was really good in pre-season. Nobody has to worry [about Minamino].”
Minamino could be given another chance to impress against Preston in the last 16 of the cup in just under three weeks’ time.
Adeyemi has much more time on his side as he looks to carve out a career at the highest level – and he may look at how his former team-mate’s season pans out as he weighs up a big decision ahead of next summer.
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