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Dream Arne Slot attacking plan at Liverpool if Bryan Mbeumo signs and $26m transfer completed

Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford inspects the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Luton Town and Brentford FC at Kenilworth Road on April 20, 2024 in Luton, England.
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Arne Slot is undoubtedly privileged when it comes to the Liverpool squad he inherits. Unlike the vast majority of managers, Jürgen Klopp has left of his own accord, and that's reflected in the quality of what he leaves behind.

On paper, at least, the attack is already one of the strongest areas. Klopp was routinely benching Darwin Nunez by the end of the campaign; this was far from an ideal state of affairs, but nonetheless underlined the strength in depth in forward areas.

Heading into pre-season, Cody Gakpo is defending that spot through the middle, but will need to contend with fit-again Diogo Jota as well. Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz complete a dangerous-looking front line, the third-most prolific in the division. Even so, a dream summer would see more additions made, with Bryan Mbuemo one of those to support Slot's attacking plan.

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Defense might just about take priority, but Slot would certainly be wise to bolster the attack as well. First and foremost, departures cannot be entirely ruled out, with Nunez and Diaz coming under the most scrutiny in the gossip columns so far.

Yet even if he keeps a full complement, the new manager would benefit from enhanced options. At Feyenoord, he developed a reputation for regularly substituting both wingers around the hour mark, in bad news for fantasy football managers. That's reflective of the intensity of his system on the wide players.

These days, Salah does not really fit the mold of an explosive, pacey winger. Mbuemo, on the other hand, shares a lot of similarities with Salah of a few years ago, and would be a really interesting addition to the Liverpool attack.

With those two rotating on the right, Liverpool would have better options now, as well as an eventual succession plan. Salah's contract is up next summer, and signing Mbuemo with a year to bed in looks smart. L'Equipe claims the Reds have 'taken a look'.

The left already has a variety of options, with Diaz, Nunez, Jota and Gakpo all having played over there. An extra signing would therefore be a real luxury, or else a sign that someone is probably on the way out.

But if there is to be more business, Rayan Cherki looks like the perfect squad addition. A rare breed with no discernible stronger foot, the tricky Lyon star would bring far more directness to the Liverpool attack, either on the wing or in more of an attacking midfield role.

Even better, Cherki could be available for just $26m (£20m/€24m), per Jeunes Footeux. Liverpool was recently linked with him by Sports Zone, although that outlet noted that Tottenham and PSG also hold an interest.

The 20-year-old comes with some risks attached, but with a year left on his contract and wanting out of Lyon, the upside is significant at a knockdown price. Adding him alongside Mbuemo would unlock Slot's rotation-heavy attacking plan, giving Liverpool a wealth of exciting options in all positions.