Paul Merson urges Liverpool to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez in Jan…

Jimenez ‘ticks the boxes’, says Merson (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Merson says Liverpool need a ‘proper centre-forward’ and should target Wolves’ Raul Jimenez in the January move window.

Roberto Firmino has been entrusted as Jurgen Klopp’s main striker over past seasons, although Diogo Jota has provided serious competition since his arrival from Wolves in 2020.

Jota, who can also play as a winger, has netted 10 goals in the Premier League this season – five less than Mohamed Salah and three more than Sadio Mane.

Mane and Salah are set to go on international duty for the Africa Cup of Nations (Picture: Getty Images)

But Mane and Salah are set to miss a number of games when they leave for the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on January 9.

in spite of of their star forwards departing for next month’s tournament, Arsenal hero Merson thinks Liverpool require a different option up front.

The Arsenal hero think Mexico international Jimenez would fit the bill, as he is a ‘bigger version of Firmino who scores more goals’ than the Brazilian.

‘Liverpool need to sign a centre forward like Raul Jimenez in January – and not just as cover for the African Nations Cup either,’ Merson told the Daily Star.

‘They need someone to come in while Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are away, yes. But I think they need someone for the future too.

‘They need a player who can put pressure on the front three and help them win league titles consistently for the next few years. It’s no good coming second for the next five years.

‘Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are very good players but I nevertheless think they need a proper centre forward and if they brought in Jiminez he would play.

‘He’s a bigger version of Firmino who scores more goals. He can come short and has that vision. And he has played with Jota enough times at Wolves.

‘He wouldn’t need to play every week but he would get game time. Liverpool play so many games a season, and he could give them something different.

‘I think he ticks the boxes. I think it’s a nice signing that. He would come in and not kick up a stink if he isn’t playing every week. That’s what they need.’

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