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Wycombe striker sends a come and get me plea to Jurgen Klopp

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 2 Sep 2017

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Liverpool hit top attacking form against Arsenal in a 4-0 win last time out in the Premier League. However, could the Reds still need a focal point to their attack, a big burly striker with vast experience in the English game maybe?

The striker in question is Wycombe Wanderers star Adebayo Akinfenwa nicknamed ‘The Beast’. The 35-year-old has been in good form this season, scoring four in four League Two games so far this season. He would definitely add presence and character to the Liverpool attack that is for sure!

Liverpool not far away

According to life-long Reds fan Akinfenwa, his club is not far away from being genuine title contenders. The striker told Squawka: “I think we’re one striker away, I think we’ll be immense for the first half of the season and blow up a bit in the second half but I think we’ll challenge,”

“Next season, we will be contenders if we can get Virgil van Dijk and one striker. We’re close.”

The striker continued by adding a come and get me plea to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp! Saying: “Klopp should come and get me! I need pace around me and they have obscene pace up front with Mane, Firmino, Salah. If you put me in there and get some crosses in the box I’d score goals.”

“My manager [Gareth Ainsworth] knows I love Liverpool and if they ever came calling he’d have no problems with letting me go.”

However, it seems the prospect of ‘the Beast’ joining Liverpool has been dismissed by Wycombe with a Tweet that read ‘Klopp can do one’

Enough attacking talent at Anfield

Although Liverpool may not have any players with Akinfenwa’s particular set of skills, they may just have enough in attack with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke all available to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

That is without even talking about playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who was denied his dream move to Barcelona in the summer.

You just never know in football, though. The Islington-born striker is one of the most colourful characters in the English game. The striker has enjoyed a decent 15-year career in the lower leagues of English football.

Somehow I doubt that the striker or for that matter Wycombe will expect a call from Jurgen Klopp or Liverpool in the near future. It would be a fantastic story for Akinfenwa to make a move to Anfield, though. Well, Rickie Lambert did it!

Reds title contenders without Akinfenwa

The big striker was obviously joking about a move to Liverpool. However, the Reds could be contenders for the Premier League title this season, although the lack of reinforcements in the centre of defence may well scupper their title bid this season.

The Merseysiders are odds of 10/1 to win the Premier League title. With a long time to go this season, anything could happen. If Jurgen Klopp’s side can keep up their decent defensive record of recent games (seven clean sheets in nine Premier League outings) then who knows.

The likes of Salah, Firmino, Mane and Sturridge may prove to be better attacking options for Liverpool, just. However, Akinfenwa will no doubt continue to be a trailblazer in the lower leagues for a long time to come. Who knows he may even get to see his team lift a big trophy in the near future.

Are Liverpool genuine title contenders this season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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