Pundit Paul Merson has questioned why Liverpool are not pursuing Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang, who signed for Arsenal in 2018, has been sensational for the Gunners. The striker has scored 61 goals in 96 appearances during his time at Emirates.
That is a return of an elite forward, but it does not appear that Liverpool are in the race for Aubameyang, despite the fact he is edging towards the final year of his contract at Arsenal.
Merson believes that Liverpool should be looking at Arsenal’s main man, as he could add something to Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“Everyone knows about Aubameyang’s contract situation but there aren’t too many clubs in England looking to fill that position. I’m sure Manchester City will probably put all their eggs into Gabriel Jesus when Sergio Aguero eventually goes, so I don’t think they will have much interest,” Merson told Sky Sports News, as quoted by Sports Mole.
“I think if you were Liverpool you would have a look and Jurgen Klopp knows him very well from their time together at Borussia Dortmund, but it does worry me that Klopp hasn’t gone in for him. He would surely know him better than anyone.
“I always look at Arsenal’s move for Shkodran Mustafi for around £35m. If Mustafi was that good, a £35m player, Gary Neville, who was at Valencia with him, would have been on the phone to Manchester United saying: ‘You won’t believe the centre half here. He’s so good you’ve got to buy him.’ But he didn’t do that, and Arsenal had a free run.
“That’s the only thing that worries me regarding Aubameyang and Klopp, because Liverpool do need a forward. Let’s be honest, they haven’t got a natural striker. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino work really well together as a three, but you do need someone who can bang in 25 goals without a fuss.
“Firmino is a top player but he can go long periods of time without scoring. You still need someone who is a safety net in terms of goals and that’s what Aubameyang can provide. Liverpool also need to continue to improve. Winning trophies is hard, but coming back and winning them again is even harder.
“There’s a company out there that sells more burgers, more chips and more fast food than anyone in the world, but they still do adverts. That tells me you have to keep working to stay on top. When you win something, you’ve got to go and improve again.
“Some teams go and keep the faith in the squad that won and go from there, but you have to keep improving if you want to stay on top. The burger company don’t do adverts to sell stuff, they do it to stay on top. Liverpool will have to do the same and that may mean freshening up the squad.”
It appears as if Liverpool are pursuing RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, which could be why the club have never really shown any interest in Aubameyang.
One thing that I have noticed since Klopp has been at Anfield is that he shows very little interest in players that he has worked with in the past.
Aubameyang and Klopp were both at Borussia Dortmund at the same time all those years ago. Whether that has something to do with Liverpool’s apparent lack of interest, who knows.
Aubameyang is 30 years old and would cost quite a bit in the wage department. If anything, this could be the main reason why Liverpool have avoided him.