Liverpool are preparing a summer move for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez after he was personally recommended to the club by Luis Suarez, according to reports.
The Merseysiders are believed to want to bolster their attacking options as a priority when the window reopens, with Roberto Firmino’s recent injury leaving them reliant on Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge.
But the Belgian will have just 12 months left on his contract in the summer, while Sturridge – who has only started two Premier League matches this season – could be released when his deal expires.
Liverpool have identified Celta star Gomez as the ideal option to provide cover and competition for Firmino – and he even has Suarez’s seal of approval.
The former Liverpool striker has told former colleagues at Anfield that his fellow Uruguayan is ‘the real deal’, while he would be available for around £35million.
Gomez netted 17 times in La Liga last season and is one goal away from hitting double figures again this season, while he has also laid on five assists.
The 22-year-old’s excellent performances have seen him linked with the likes of Chelsea, but Liverpool bosses will hope the Suarez connection swings things in their favour.
Liverpool have long been linked with a move for RB Leipzig frontman Timo Werner, though Gomez is seen as a cheaper, more realistic target.
Werner looks set to leave Leipzig for at least £50m, though reports in Germany suggest he has had a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich lined up for some time despite Liverpool’s interest and favours staying in his homeland rather than moving to the Premier League.