The talented Frenchman is expected to depart the Hammers and Liverpool should act fast to secure his services, writes Sam May.
West Ham’s best talent and free kick specialist would be the perfect option for the Anfield club, having lost Sadio Mané to the African Cup of Nations.
It was clear to see that Liverpool were totally lacking creativity and threat in the final third against Southampton in the EFL semifinal first leg at St. Mary’s and the Reds need a replacement. The Reds are not a one-man team, but the Senegalese international brings a different dimension to their attacking play and it was obviously missed.
Results and performances have been off the mark in the last month and with Daniel Sturridge struggling to make any sort of impact in filling the void, the Reds need to look elsewhere.
Payet, 29, could be the man to fill Mané’s shoes. He would offer that cutting edge and ability to stretch defence’s which Liverpool have lost following the short term departure of the former Southampton star.
Marseille are however, keen to sign their former star man, who they sold to West Ham for £10.7 million in 2015. American billionaire Frank McCourt, owner of Marseille is hoping to build a team to rival PSG and is hoping to make Payet the first key piece in this objective.
The French international is understood to be valued at around £35m, so is he a risk worth taking?
PFA Fans’ Player of the year last season, scoring 15 goals and providing 17 assists in 44 appearances during his debut campaign in England, there is no questioning Payet’s talent. A star for Les Bleues at Euro 2016.
He won’t just offer Klopp’s side experience due to his age, but Premier League experience also. The Reds have been linked with moves for Julian Brandt and Christian Pulisic, but both with a no Premier League experience, and it looks like no nearer a move for either.
It is clear West Ham are struggling this campaign, but Payet has managed three goals and eight assists. He would also ease the burden on Philippe Coutinho. Klopp needs a fix to stay in touch with Chelsea. He is the man Liverpool should look to sign to assist in their pursuit of a first Premier League title.