The Liverpool supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern will certainly have been relieved to have picked up their first win of 2017 at the fifth attempt in midweek, scraping past League Two side Plymouth Argyle in their FA Cup third round replay.
Now they might want manager Jurgen Klopp to look at strengthening his attacking options before the January window closes with the previously free-scoring Reds struggling to find the net in recent weeks, with the likes of Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho missing from the starting XI.
One player they have been linked with in recent days is exciting Genk winger Leon Bailey, who has shown his potential by scoring eight goals – and assisting on 10 occasions – for the Belgian side this season.
However, the Merseyside outfit could face competition to bring the 19-year-old to England from Premier League rivals Chelsea, who are also understood to be taking a closer look at the Jamaican.
Here are TWO reasons why Liverpool must do everything to seal a deal for the £20m-rated star ahead of their title rivals…
PACE AND DIRECTNESS
While Liverpool have brilliant attacking players such as Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino, they have really seemed to have missed the extreme pace and unpredictability that fellow forward Sadio Mane brings to the side in the last couple of weeks – the supporters standing at the bar have become frustrated with the lack of goals.
The Senegal international, who is currently representing his country at the African Cup of Nations, scares defenders with his speed but he also has that finishing touch too – the 24-year-old has been the talk of the tavern after netting twice in two games already in Gabon.
With his tally of goals and assists this term, 19-year-old Bailey has already shown that he can be influential to this Reds side right now and add another dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s side’s attack.
Liverpool certainly won’t want to let the promising youngster join and strengthen one of their Premier League title rivals instead – a notion that the landlord is in agreement with!