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FSG cannot miss golden chance to replace Origi at Liverpool with ideal transfer


For now Liverpool are still in a deficit this summer. While two forwards have left the club, only one has arrived.

Sadio Mané‘s departure has been plugged up by the arrival of Darwin Núñez. But Liverpool are still yet to replace Divock Origi, who will leave the club on a free upon the expiry of his contract.

The Belgian may not be the only attacker leaving for pastures new from Anfield with Takumi Minamino potentially also for sale.

Should both depart, they will leave a 21-goal contribution gap from last season with Minamino making 11 goal contributions and Origi 10 in their limited time spent on the pitch.

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Despite having played only peripheral roles, those numbers are still hugely impressive and leave a significant void in the attacking department that Núñez and his fellow Liverpool forwards would need to fill amid a heavy fixture schedule for next season.

Taking all that into account, it might make more sense for FSG to bring in another recruit in order to alleviate the pressure on Liverpool’s first-choice attackers. Of course, any such arrival will need to be within the club’s stringent budget, but given that Liverpool lured Minamino to the club for just £7.25m, the Reds are certainly capable of securing such bargains.

And one name that should be on the club’s radar and who could be available on the cheap is Sékou Mara. Recently, the 19-year-old top-scored at the prestigious Toulon U20 Tournament this summer and he is a player highly regarded in his native France.

Last season, Mara made eight goal contributions in 27 appearances but most of those came off the bench for Bordeaux with Mara playing just 955 minutes in total. Under the microscope, that is an average of 0.75 goal contributions for the 19-year-old in Ligue 1 and the French Cup which is more than a commendable return and the kind of output Minamino and Origi were able to produce last season.

A pacey and skilful player, Mara has an excellent eye for goal and he is a lethal finisher in the mould of Origi. He can be a threat from aerial balls into the box, but he is also capable of progressing the ball himself and making intelligent runs in behind the defence.

Still raw, there is plenty of potential in Mara and this summer could be an opportune time for FSG to pounce on his services.

While Mara has a contract with Bordeaux until 2025, his club were not only relegated from Ligue 1 last season finishing rock bottom of the league but they have also been prevented from playing in Ligue 2 due to their financial troubles and have been demoted to play in France’s third tier.

Given the club’s financial turmoil, Bordeaux will have no choice but to sell Mara this summer, and likely for a price that will be more favourable to suitor clubs rather than themselves.

Liverpool will struggle to find a better and more exciting player available on the market this summer, and Mara is a player who should absolutely be on Julian Ward’s radar — especially if Minamino follows Origi on his way out of the club.


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