Date: 29th April 2021 at 8:12pm
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Liverpool’s defence of their first ever Premier League title has been nothing short of a disaster so far, with the Reds facing a trophyless season and the prospect of failing to qualify for next year’s Champions League all together. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently sixth in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with just five games remaining.

While injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho haven’t helped the Reds this term, it is clear to see that they have fallen behind runaway league leaders Manchester City and will need to recruit this summer if they are to compete for the title next season.

According to the Daily Star, Klopp’s side are favourites to land PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen.

The 22-year-old has scored 17 goals and registered seven assists in the Eredivisie this term, and has attracted interest from several of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Malen was sold by Arsenal to PSV for just £500,000 in 2018, and last season burst onto the scene with 14 goals in 11 games across the league and Europa League.

PSV are reportedly looking to cash in on the young forward this summer, meaning that they could demand as little as £25 million for the forward.

Liverpool have managed just 55 goals in 33 league games this term.

It’s claimed that Liverpool will face stiff competition for the Dutchman’s signature, notably from Juventus, Barcelona and AC Milan.

Cult hero Divock Origi is expected to depart Anfield this summer having failed to impress this term, and Malen is one of a number of names being touted as a replacement for the Belgian.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is another striker linked to Liverpool in recent weeks.

Liverpool’s star-studded front three has not been performing to the best of its abilities this term, with Brazilian Roberto Firmino coming under particular scrutiny from supporters.

It is believed that Klopp hopes Malen could provide Firmino with competition for the starting striker spot next season.

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