Liverpool interested in Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins

Liverpool interested in Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins

Firmino declining

Roberto Firmino made the move to Liverpool in 2015, after departing German outfit, Hoffenheim.

Throughout much of his stint in England, Firmino, alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, formed a deadly attacking trident, with all three having proven integral to Liverpool reaching two Champions League finals, and winning their first-ever Premier League title.

However, whilst Mane and Salah have still looked solid this season, Firmino has proven somewhat off the pace for a year or so now.

Yes, the Brazilian’s game, despite playing up top, is not just about goals. But even Liverpool’s fans would do well to argue that he has been close to his best of late.

Firmino’s finishing has been pretty dire, whilst his link-up play with the likes of Salah and Mane has not been what it previously was.

All told, in 41 outings this term, the forward has notched just six goals and seven assists. In comparison, Diogo Jota has scored 12 and assisted one in 25 appearances, despite often featuring from the bench.

Liverpool eyeing Watkins

So, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see Liverpool tipped for reinforcements in the central striking department.

According to Football Insider, the Merseysiders are interested in Aston Villa striker, Ollie Watkins.

Watkins made the step up to the Premier League last summer, after an impressive season in the Championship with Brentford.

And the 25-year-old has since carried his fine form into the English top-flight, scoring 12 and assisting three in 30 league outings thus far.

It is suggested that Watkins is on Liverpool’s radar due to his blistering pace, ability to play a quick tempo game and eye for goal.

No potential fee is mentioned in the report, but it is hard to imagine Villa would allow their record signing and top goalscorer to depart for a small sum, especially as he hasn’t even been at the club for a year yet.

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2 Manchester United FC 32 29 66
3 Leicester City FC 31 18 56
4 West Ham United FC 32 11 55
5 Chelsea FC 31 19 54
6 Liverpool FC 31 16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 32 17 50
8 Everton FC 31 3 49
9 Arsenal FC 32 8 46
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa FC 30 10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 32 -9 41
13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
14 Southampton FC 31 -17 36
15 Newcastle United FC 32 -18 35
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 31 -5 33
17 Burnley FC 32 -19 33
18 Fulham FC 33 -18 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United FC 32 -39 14
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
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Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
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Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
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