Arne Slot should beat Real Madrid and Spurs to 26-goal forward who would be ideal for Liverpool

Santiago Giménez celebrates with his Feyenoord teammates after winning the Dutch cup.
Feyenoord striker Santiago Giménez. -Credit:Photo by ANP via Getty Images

As Jürgen Klopp packs his bags ahead of his final game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, transfer plans conducted by the newly returned Michael Edwards and his team will be in the works before Liverpool can welcome its new boss to the club.

With Arne Slot set to become Klopp’s successor, he will certainly have some suggestions on who to bring in and who to let go if Liverpool wants to adapt to his tactical style ahead of the new season. Slot will have kept a close eye on the club's faltering front three who have stumbled in front of goal towards the end of the season, leaving Liverpool out of the title race and the Europa League.

The Dutchman is well known in the Netherlands for his quick, attacking football which has blown apart the Eredivisie as his side remains unbeaten in the league since January. One key component to this fast-paced, ruthless football is Feyenoord’s top striker Santiago Giménez, who has impressed not only Slot but pundits across Europe.

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Giménez, a Mexican international who is on the radar of Real Madrid and Tottenham among others, according to 90Min, has featured under Slot for two seasons now, scoring 23 goals and providing two assists in just 45 appearances in his first year in a European league. This season, the striker has bettered himself, scoring 26 times and assisting eight times in four fewer appearances, which is very impressive for a player who is new to a European team and its style of play.

One aspect Liverpool’s coaches and backroom staff might be concerned about in terms of the forward line is the average age, which, despite the midfield rebuild, is still an issue in the club’s attack. Mohamed Salah turns 32 next month, Luis Díaz is 27 and Diogo Jota is 28 at the end of this year. In a few years, it is likely that none of these forwards will be in their prime and may not feature for the club at all.

Giménez has just turned 23 this month. He is far from his prime and if Slot decides to swoop in for his services this summer, it is likely he will evolve at the club into a striker that is perfect for Slot's system. He will no doubt be looking to bring in some fresh talent and he should look no further than his Feyenoord squad, in which some players have been on fire this season.

No matter what happens, Liverpool could benefit from having a new forward brought into the squad. The club, especially under Edwards, likes to move fast in the transfer market and whether it's Giménez or someone else, it is likely to be the perfect match for Slot and the changes he will make once he arrives.