Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on the progress of Southampton forward Shane Long amid rumors that Jürgen Klopp is working hard to find cover for the injury plagued Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings, who is out for this season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
It is also rumored that Klopp has not been convinced by Christian Benteke, who was brought to Anfiled by on a £32 million transfer deal by his predecessor, Brendan Rogers.
Southampton frontman Long has been one of the major target for the Merseyside giants this month, as Klopp looks forward to bolster his attacking squad. According to Irish Daily Star, Republic of Ireland international Long is likely to follow the footsteps of countrymen Robbie Kean by moving to Anfiled.
Southampton and Liverpool have been repetitively tied together in the transfer market for past few years, with Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Reckie Lambert all moving from the south coast to Merseyside in 2014.
Recently, after the Saints has thrashed Arsenal 4-0 Boing Day match where Long scored twice, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman heaped praise on Long after his great performance during the game.
“We know the qualities of Shane. He is a different attacker to Graziano. Everybody needs to improve. Shane was one of the key players to win this game. He creates a big problem for defenders because he has a very good offensive movement and is very dangerous” Koeman explained.
The 28-year-old has scored 38 goals in 191 Premier League appearances where he played foot Reading, West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton. With his great speed and endless running style of play, Long will undoubtedly fit well in Klopp’s tactic.