Should Liverpool make a move for Kelechi Iheanacho?


The Manchester City forward is surplus to requirements at the Ethiad and could be the perfect addition at Anfield, writes Sam May.

Iheanacho, 20, has been told he can leave Pep Guardiola’s side for £20 million after being previously tipped for the top by former Sky Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Nigerian has scored 21 goals for the club, despite making only 20 starts, and could add something extra to Jürgen Klopp’s side.

Borussia Dortmund have expressed an interest, and are keen to take the player to Germany. Hoffenheim and Southampton, are also keen, but both clubs are only interested in a loan deal. Iheanacho’s game time has been restricted due to the arrival of £27 million signing Gabriel Jesus.

Iheanacho joined Manchester City from the Taye Academy in Nigeria, and is under contract until 2021. In 2015, he averaged a goal every 81.3 minutes played, which is extremely impressive considering his age, but even more so given the fact that of all players to score at least 10 goals across the top five European leagues, it is the best minutes per goal rate. Superstars Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema have all outscored the City youngster but play much more regularly, and actually score with less frequency.

He has an obviously instinctive eye for goal, hitting the target with 58.3 per cent of his attempts, and scoring with 41.7 per cent of those, both of which rank among the best in the Premier League. With Daniel Sturridge’s future uncertain, the Nigerian would be the perfect replacement for the injury prone Reds striker. The Birmingham born player has only started six games for Liverpool so far this season due to illness and injuries, with Roberto Firmino and top-scorer Sadio Mané moving above him in the pecking order.

Despite scoring and impressing against West Ham, most Liverpool fans expect Sturridge to depart, and moving for Iheanacho would prove the right decision for Klopp and his coaching staff.


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