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Liverpool lead race for RB Salzburg ace Patson Daka

According to Far Post (h/t Liverpool Echo), Premier League champions Liverpool are favourites to sign Zambian striker Patson Daka from Austrian giants RB Salzburg.

The 21-year-old started out at Zambian club Nchanga Rangers FC and spent time at Green Buffaloes, Kafue Celtic and Power Dynamos FC (loan). After a six-month loan stint with Austrian outfit FC Liefering, Daka was picked up by RB Salzburg in the summer of 2017.

Patson Daka on Liverpool's radar

Patson Daka enjoyed a fine 2019/20 season with RB Salzburg (Getty Images)

After a slow start to life at Salzburg, Daka burst onto the scenes this past season, plundering 27 goals across all competitions for Salzburg. In addition, he also created 12 more for his teammates, in 45 matches across all competitions. (h/t Transfermarkt)

There have been claims of interest from the likes of RB Leipzig, Marseille, Lille, along with our rivals Manchester United and Arsenal. However, the report states that Liverpool are leading the chase for the 21-year-old who has 18 caps for the Zambian national team. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

Given that Divock Origi did not have the best of seasons last time out and the fact there is little quality in terms of cover for our first-choice attacking trident, adding someone like Daka might prove to be a shrewd move.

Jurgen Klopp & co. will have gotten a close look at the Zambian when we played Salzburg in a friendly last month, with Daka scoring both the goals for the Austrian outfit.

Daka scored against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly (Getty Images)

Daka scored against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly (Getty Images)

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Considering the original report comes from a Zambian publication, we cannot actually say that it is entirely reliable. But if there is any interest in Daka from the club, then we should pounce on his signature. He would add valuable depth in attack, and given his age, can grow into a world-beater under Klopp’s guidance.