Many Liverpool fans have voiced their disagreement with Paul Merson’s suggestion that the Reds should be looking to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He made those claims in his blog for Sky Sports, with his words subsequently shared on Anfield Edition and a link posted on Twitter by @AnfieldEdition. Speaking about the Arsenal and Gabon striker, Merson said: “Liverpool do need a forward. Let’s be honest, they haven’t got a natural striker. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino work really well together as a three, but you do need someone who can bang in 25 goals without a fuss.”
He added: “Firmino is a top player but he can go long periods of time without scoring. You still need someone who is a safety net in terms of goals and that’s what Aubameyang can provide.”
Paul Merson questions why Liverpool are not pursuing Aubameyang. ?https://t.co/jjcLUDzyAR
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 25, 2020
Aubameyang was the Premier League’s joint-top scorer last season along with Liverpool duo Salah and Mane (as per TransferMarkt) and has 17 in the league for the London-based club this season, with his 20-goal haul in all competitions the same as the Reds’ top scorer Salah. However, all three players could miss a sizeable chunk of next season if their respective countries qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in January/February 2021.
The 30-year-old Gunners forward previously worked with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and, last week, a report from 90min.com claimed that the Anfield club had identified him as a potential summer transfer target. However, these Reds fans on Twitter weren’t convinced by Merson’s recommendation to sign Aubameyang and made their feelings known:
Because we have Roberto Firmino. End.
— Bryan Werbinski (@Bryski_d) March 25, 2020
Klopp had him at Dortmund and didn’t go for him when he became available and ended up at Arsenal. If he didn’t want him then why would he want him now.
— Andrew Spencer (@HaylingBilly01) March 25, 2020
Since when did Merson become Liverpool manager? If Klopp wants him, I’m sure he’ll pursue him.
— Vinny MacNamara (@vinnymacnamara) March 25, 2020
What for lol
— Nad (@imndn10) March 25, 2020
One of the main reasons they need another attacker is because Salah and Mane will be missing for AFCON so it would make no sense. Also Liverpool will be looking at players younger than our front three not older, he’s 30 and would cost £50m+ similar price to Werner, no brainer
— DC (@DanCoughlan12) March 25, 2020
He’s 30 years old.
— Lord Riley (@DRileyamusing) March 25, 2020
Liverpool fans, what did you make of Merson’s advice to the Reds about possibly targeting Aubameyang? Would the Arsenal striker be a good addition at Anfield? Comment below with your views!