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Yankuba Minteh could unleash Mohamed Salah but Liverpool may need to address Darwin Nunez first

Yankuba Minteh celebrates after Feyenoord wins the KNVB Cup
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Liverpool needs a center-back above all else this summer but adding another player in Arne Slot's attack would be no bad thing either. What sort of profile should that player be, though?

Amid the claim in The Telegraph that Liverpool would be keen to sign $51m (£40m/€47m)-rated Newcastle United forward Yankuba Minteh, who spent last season on loan at Feyenoord with Arne Slot, it is a pertinent question. The 19-year-old Gambian is a left-footed right-winger, as is Johan Bakayoko, who is another said to be on the Reds' radar (according to Eindhovens Dagblad).

But should a right winger be the priority or would it make more sense to add more players across the rest of the Liverpool forward line? There are several other kinds of attackers who have been linked with moves to Anfield.

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What (and who) should Liverpool target in the summer market to bolster Slot's forward line? Two of our Liverpool.com writers have had their say, and you can add yours in the comments section below the article.

"Buying a right winger can unleash Mohamed Salah" - Matt Addison

Whatever the outcome is with Mohamed Salah in terms of a new contract, Liverpool needs to make sure there is a long-term plan in place for how to succeed the Egyptian. Signing a right winger this summer could be the ideal scenario so that player could then integrate into the team at the same time as learning from the man they will eventually displace.

Minteh, at 19, would be an ideal player to target. He is scoring a lot of goals and is clearly a huge talent, while he would be mid-range in terms of a fee and would not expect guaranteed starts immediately. Long-term, he could then become the player that takes over from Salah on the right-hand side.

While it would be handy to have someone extra to swap in for Salah to keep him fresher next season, I'm an advocate of seeing more of the Liverpool number 11 through the center too. Having Minteh or another right forward in the squad would then allow Salah to play either as a number 10 or a number nine.

Why have Salah there? Well, he would be closer to the goal, but this wouldn't be like the Cristiano Ronaldo problem at Manchester United the Liverpool man would still get through plenty of running. He would simply be picking the ball up closer to where he can shoot and play the final ball without having to beat a man, with his electric pace to burn past a marker no longer there in the way that it was when he first arrived on Merseyside.

"Other areas to target first" - James Findlater

I am a fully paid-up member of the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ club, so the idea of moving Salah centrally doesn’t quite appeal to me. Therefore, I’d be targeting other areas before thinking about getting another right winger in.

Of course, Salah probably isn’t going to be at Anfield for much longer. Hopefully he stays put for next season, but it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him depart thereafter.

It might be worth planning for his successor then, and someone like a Minteh or a Bakayoko makes sense with youth still very much on their side. But I’d be looking at other areas first.

I’m still not convinced on Darwin Nunez at this stage, while Cody Gakpo looks much more comfortable on the left. Diogo Jota would be my choice through the middle, but actually getting him out on the pitch has proved a struggle with his injury problems.

I’d be looking for a new number nine then before turning my attention to a new winger. Salah is still Liverpool’s best attacker, so it makes sense to keep him in his best position for as long as possible.