Liverpool look like they are going to be signing Cody Gakpo in the next few days, with the Reds set to complete a £37m deal.
News broke across multiple outlets last night to claim Liverpool had all but wrapped up the signing of Gakpo. It comes amid a host of other clubs being keen on the Dutch forward, namely Man United and Arsenal.
However, while the signing of Gakpo is a big one, Liverpool might not be done there. Well, that’s if reports from Italy over the festive period are to be believed.
Calciomercato has claimed that Liverpool are also in the hunt to sign Napoli winger and forward, Hirving Lozano. In fact, it even claims that Liverpool are in pole position and front of the queue to sign the speedy Mexican star.
Napoli paid around £38m to sign Lozano but he is now into the final 18 months of his contract with the Italian side.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking like they’re going to spend to help Jurgen Klopp in January. An inconsistent start to the season and a number of injuries have decimated the Reds at times. FSG, then, appear to be backing Klopp with Gakpo, and now Lozano, both linked.
TBR’s View: Lozano another exciting name for Liverpool fans
Hirving Lozano has been excellent for this Napoli side and he’s certainly a player who has a lot of attributes Liverpool fans like to see in their forwards.
He is rapid quick and hard-working for a start. Those two give him a chance of succeeding under Klopp in that front three.
Beyond that though, he is a player with good experience at international level as well as club. Napoli have been one of the stars of the show in Europe this season, and Lozano is part of that team.
Certainly, if Liverpool managed to sign Lozano as well as Gakpo, then it’s very much a case of message sent.
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Given that the recent Liverpool addition is a reasonably swift footballer, Cody Gakpo’s quickness is well-known.
The Dutchman moves with great speed. He has pretty much everything.
Gakpo, a six-footer with height, pace, and strength who recently signed with Liverpool [Sky Sports], has helped PSV Eindhoven score 30 goals in 24 games this season.
A player who might be speedier than the 23-year-old Dutch international has been associated with Liverpool.
On Monday night, the Italian publication Calciomercato stated that Liverpool were also in the running to sign Hirving Lozano from Napoli.
According to official statistics, Lozano’s top speed in the Champions League this season is far faster than Gakpo’s in the Europa League.
The latter is certainly no slouch, with a best pace of 31.6 KM/H [UEFA], but the Mexico international has recorded 33.21 KM/H [UEFA] so far this season.
Lozano has a faster average peak speed per European game than Mohamed Salah, who has 31.6 KM/H compared to 31.72 KM/H.
The 27-year-old Lozano is clearly the speedier player, but Gakpo is by much the superior one.
As previously stated, the imposing Dutchman lacks little in his arsenal, and he should be a fantastic addition for Liverpool.
As reported by HITC Sport, he is predominantly a left-sided winger. Given that Lozano is a right-sided winger [Transfermarkt], signing Gakpo does not necessarily rule out Lozano.