Angolan forward watched by Klopp ahead of potential Liverpool bid

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to bolster his side’s title hopes with the signing of an upcoming Sporting Lisbon prospect in January, according to reports in the Portuguese press.

The name Gelson Dala may mean little to many, but Portuguese paper A Bola claims the Angolan striker has been tracked by Klopp’s scouting network, with the Reds looking to sign the 22-year when the transfer window reopens in January.

The paper claims Klopp has a ‘particular interest’ in the player and has watched on with interest as Dala has shone during a loan spell this season with Rio Ave, where he has scored twice in seven appearances.

But it’s his record for Sporting’s B team and at his first club in Angola, 1st de Agosto, which really captures the imagination; the player having netted a combined 60 goals in a 102 appearances.

It remains to be seen whether reported Liverpool interest in the player is genuine, but given he is yet to make the breakthrough at Sporting – having only featured once for their senior side – it seems unlikely he’s yet up to the standard required to succeed in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, another of Liverpool’s star, Xherdan Shaqiri, has urged the club to copy the mindset of one of his former clubs if they want to end their long wait to win the Premier League title.


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