Bargain summer striker upgrade?

Many Liverpool fans believe we need to up our striking game this summer. In Mane, Mo and Bobby Firmino we have a trio who net a not insignificant number of goals each season but when they're not cutting the mustard there are often times we look to the bench for other options, and are confronted with the uninspiring sight of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.

It seems clear that we can improve in this area so let's take a look at the latest lucky name to find himself linked with us, a certain Mr Maxi Gomez. Maxi, aged 22 and being 1.86M high, currently plays for Celta Vigo. Last season, his first in La Liga, he scored an impressive 18 goals and created 5 assists and this season to date he's netted 9 goals and made 5 assists. For such a young age that's a very promising and consistent record.

So far so good then and it gets better: although Maxi is playing well his team aren't, in fact they're currently sat in the relegation zone and the potential knock on effect as far as our interest goes, is that should Celta Vigo get relegated, Maxi's price would fall accordingly. As reported herejust £22m could be enough to secure his services. Compared with the £42m release clause West Ham fell short of triggering in a bid they made for him in January, that's a pretty handy saving.

Other reports such as this one claim the Uruguayan striker "would not hesitate to join Liverpool" and even if Celta Vigo stay up he still doesn't sound hugely expensive. Plus Liverpool, in both the linked sources and elsewhere, are alleged to be interested in signing Maxi themselves so all the boxes are ticked to make this a feasible transfer. With Sturridge able to leave on a free this summer, even if you're still holding out hope for Origi to kick on, it would be hard to argue that we shouldn't be looking to sign another striker.

Using the above cutting edge scouting method, I would say Maxi may share the same nationality as Suarez but Luis MK2 he is not, well not yet anyway. He does not look to be of a level to walk straight into the EPL and bag twenty plus goals a season but then you would not expect that at just 22 years of age. What he does look to possess his good close control, pace, power and plenty of tenacity, just as you would expect from a South American. He's likely good and robust as well.

Maxi could suit us well because he offers more of a traditional target man then we otherwise have, and we do at times play in a way where we could utilise a player who can hold the ball up and then either get a shot off or lay it off for one of our attacking-mids. In Robertson and Alexander-Arnold we have two top class wide men and it's pretty clear from the footage that Maxi could make good use of their crosses. He clearly likes a header and I even spotted a back heel in there as well - perfect. The price sounds about right too.

So the last things to consider are he is better than Origi. A lot more potential I think and is potential what we need at this stage? Not necessarily in other positions but being we already have our preferred star front three it's unlikely we'd be able to offer a seasoned worldie enough game time so maybe Maxi is the ideal choice.
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