Liverpool set to make opening offer for Arsenal attackerPublished August 12, 2016
Liverpool are readying an approach for Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott as Jurgen Klopp looks to take advantage of the North London side’s push to sign Riyad Mahrez.
Klopp has brought in a number of new additions this summer but still has transfer funds available to make a serious offer for Walcott and the England international may be ready for a fresh challenge given his less than prominent role in Arsene Wenger’s plans.
The 27-year-old has become the subject of criticism from Gunners fans after a series of lean seasons and last term Wenger handed him just 15 Premier League starts, with a further 13 coming from the bench, the speedy attacker managing just five goals in the process.
Walcott had demanded a more central role over the past couple of years but is still far more effective out wide.
Klopp is willing to use the player in a striking role as he fears for Daniel Sturridge’s long-term fitness.
Arsenal will look to garner a fee of around £25m for Walcott, who arrived at the club in January 2006, and Klopp is willing to make a big-money move before the transfer window slams shut.
Klopp is set to sell Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli will follow the Belgian to the Anfield exit and as such the German boss is keen to strengthen his options in the final third.
He has solid creative talents to provide ammunition for his forward with Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino being top quality creators.
Klopp has signed Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum to further improve his squad.
Walcott has made a total of 344 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 85 goals in his decade plus at the club.