Liverpool's bid to add some genuine firepower up front has taken them to forgotten star Ale...
Liverpool's bid to add some genuine firepower up front has taken them to forgotten star Alexandre Pato. The Reds have reportedly "agreed a deal in principle" to bring the Brazilian striker to Anfield for a £14.2 million fee.
Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla (h/t Metro's Will Giles) has suggested the terms of a transfer are already in place. That means Merseyside club Liverpool and South American side Corinthians are on the same page regarding the 26-year-old's future. In fact, Pedulla "expects him to move to Anfield in January."
Indeed, Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade has confirmed the proposed winter move, according to ESPN's Pete O'Rourke:
If this deal goes through, it would afford Pato, currently on loan at Sao Paulo, an excellent opportunity to prove he can cut it in one of Europe's major leagues. It seemed like he was destined to do just that during a previous stint with Serie A side AC Milan.
Injury-prone Daniel Sturridge still struggles to get on the pitch, while Danny Ings remains on the shelf. Youngster Divock Origi has struggled to shoulder the burden in their absence.
Adding Pato would give the Reds greater options in attack. But he's certainly a risky reclamation project for Klopp to chance this early in his Anfield tenure.