Klopp confident of signing the 39 goals and 22 assists man in January to replace Daniel Sturridge


Jurgen Klopp has set sights on signing Sassuolo forward Gregoire Defrel as the potential replacement to the injury prone striker Daniel Sturridge.

Reports in Italian media claim that Klopp is keeping very close tabs on the 25-year-old attacker who has scored five goals in six matches so far this season.

Klopp is yet to be convinced with the idea of trusting Sturridge as his first team player given the injury track record of English striker. The Sun claims that Klopp is ready to bring Defrel at Anfield in January and bid farewell to Sturridge’s Liverpool career.

The Reds manager has already sanctioned the exits for Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli this season and is not afraid to make another bold call.

Klopp feels Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho will be his relied front three option in big games with Divock Origi and Sturridge coming on from the bench to change the game.

However, Klopp sees Defrel as the ideal man to lead Liverpool’s attack and be the focal point The Reds have lacked in recent years. Defrel is valued at €6million and is contracted until 2021 with the Serie A club.

The Sun have confirmed that Klopp did send his chief scouts to keep an eye on Defrel’s performances in recent weeks with a January move is looking more and more likely as Sturridge edges closer to a move out of the club.