Liverpool Newsnow: El Mundo reports that Nico Williams, a promising player for Athletic Bilbao, has been targeted by Liverpool as a possible successor for Mohamed Salah at Anfield Watch.
In recent years, Salah has been an outstanding performer for the Reds. The Egyptian maestro’s performances on Merseyside have been nothing short of spectacular. Since joining the team in 2017, he has tallied 180 goals and 74 assists in 296 appearances.
With 24 goals and 11 assists in 42 games this season, he has been crucial to his team’s success. However, he will be under contract until 2025. The 30-year-old’s potential departure this summer has been speculated about.
Williams has been suggested as a replacement for Salah. According to Anfield Watch, “NEW: Liverpool see Athletic Bilbao star Nico Williams as a medium-term replacement for Mohamed Salah but face competition from Aston Villa in the race for the Spaniard’s signature.”
Williams, at just 20, is an exciting young potential on the wing for the Spanish national team. He has played in 35 games in all competitions this season, scoring eight goals and assisting on six more. Williams has a €25 million market value and is under contract with Bilbao until 2024. However, Aston Villa might provide competition for Liverpool in their pursuit of the midfielder.
On Monday (April 17), Liverpool will travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United in a Premier League match. With 44 points after 29 games, the Reds sit in seventh place in the league.
Liverpool Newsnow: The Reds want to sign Nico Williams as a replacement of Mohamed Salah
Meanwhile, after 30 games, Leeds has only amassed 29 points, enough for 16th place. The squad is in danger of being relegated, so manager Jurgen Klopp knows they will have a tough test. As reported on the Reds’ official website, Klopp expressed his anticipation for the matchup by saying, “A big fight, a massive fight. In the situation Leeds is in, the last game (a 5-1 defeat by Crystal Palace), of course, as well – these kind of games can happen. They try everything.”
The previous time Arsenal visited Anfield, the Reds played in a 2-2 tie. Meanwhile, Leeds lost their most recent game, 5-1, against Crystal Palace.
When asked about Liverpool’s inability to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham as part of a reconstruction, Jürgen Klopp claimed he is not furious with the club’s owner, Fenway Sports Group.
Liverpool, who had a below-average 2021-22 campaign overall and finished second to Manchester City by a single point, will go to Leeds on Monday night. The club has been accustomed to contending for titles under Klopp. But their recent failures have prompted Klopp to plan a robust summer transfer window.