Liverpool have been named among the admirers of Red Bull Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko, according to reports from Spain.
Sesko, who joined Salzburg for £2.25 million in 2019, has thrived in Austria, scoring 22 goals and providing six assists in 44 appearances over two loan spells.
Despite his youth, the 19-year-old Slovenia international has already established himself as a regular in both club and national teams, attracting interest from Newcastle, Manchester United, Wolves, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig.
Now, a fresh report from Spain has thrown some additional names into the mix as potential suitors for Sesko, including Liverpool…
According to a Spanish source, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Manchester United, and Chelsea are all interested in the 13-cap veteran.
The Reds are said to be among those who ‘want’ and have’shown interest’ in Sesko, forcing Salzburg to place a €65 million (£54 million) price tag on his head.
According to the report, Jurgen Klopp is ‘in love’ with the hitman after witnessing the teenager described as ‘one of the fastest players on the planet’ score the game’s only goal in last week’s pre-season defeat in Austria.
Although there is no bad time to sign the hottest properties, such as Sesko, it appears highly unlikely that FSG would sanction another major expenditure on a striker so soon after landing Darwin Nunez this summer.
Instead, the Reds will keep a close eye on the 6 foot 3 marksman and perhaps hope that no major transfers are forthcoming in order to make a move in the future, potentially after further development and scoring many more goals.
Sesko, who once clocked a staggering in-game speed of 36.11 km/h in 2021, netted ten goals and registered seven assists in 36 appearances for Salzburg across all competitions last season.
Unsurprisingly, the Slovenian speedster has made a blistering start to the 2022/23 season, scoring twice and setting up a teammate once in the first three games, demonstrating a supreme ability to impact matches in the final third.
Liverpool, Klopp, and Julian Ward will all be hoping that Sesko remains on the market for the upcoming transfer windows, possibly as a long-term replacement for Robert Firmino (Transfermarkt).
Liverpool: Reds ‘interested’ in Yeremy Pino
Pino, a former Las Palmas youth system product, was signed by Villarreal in 2019 and played in the La Liga club’s development squad before making his first-team debut against Cadiz in October 2020.
Since then, the 19-year-old Spain international has gone from strength to strength at the Estadio de la Ceramica, amassing 77 senior appearances and directly contributing to 19 goals.
According to a Spanish source, Liverpool and Manchester City are two clubs that are “more interested” in signing the four-cap starlet.
According to reports, ‘top-level European teams have already taken notice’ of Pino, and’several Premier League teams’ are preparing offers.
According to the report, Arsenal and Chelsea are among those ‘closely following the evolution’ of the teen, who was once described by reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano as a’special’ player performing at the ‘top level.’
Despite the fact that Jurgen Klopp has an abundance of attacking options at the moment, signing a player of Pino’s caliber would be a brilliant piece of business from Julian Ward and the Anfield hierarchy, especially given the obvious competition.
Furthermore, in recent years, the club has shown a willingness to sign the brightest young talent, adding Kaide Gordon, Harvey Elliott, and Fabio Carvalho to the ranks on Merseyside, while also being heavily linked with Jude Bellingham.
Last season, the Spaniard played primarily as a right winger – a position in which Liverpool could use an understudy for Mohamed Salah – and scored seven goals and provided four assists in 40 appearances across all competitions, demonstrating an ability to influence matches in the final third and impressive durability despite his youth.
With striking stylistic similarities to Klopp-approved attackers such as Gabriel Martinelli and Jarrod Bowen (Fbref), it’s easy to see why the Reds and others would be interested in signing Pino.
This would be an expensive venture for Liverpool, valued at £36 million and under contract in Spain until 2027 (Transfermarkt), but one with significant long-term potential to work out as a masterstroke.