Liverpool are reportedly keeping close tabs on Sparta Prague’s teenage striker Adam Hlozek with a view to sign him in the summer transfer window.
According to a report from Football Insider, reigning Premier League champions Liverpool have set their sights on Sparta Prague’s 18-year-old centre-forward Adam Hlozek as they eye a shake-up of their attacking unit.
It has been a difficult season for Liverpool after the historic 2019/20 campaign in which they ended their 30-year wait for a league title. A combination of injuries to key defenders and faltering form of the strikers has meant that the Reds have failed miserably in the defence of their Premier League crown and are jostling for a top four finish.
Apart from Mohamed Salah and summer signing Diogo Jota, the attacking unit has not fired at all this season, with Roberto Firmino blowing hot and cold while the ever-reliable Sadio Mane has also endured a difficult campaign. So, it should not come as a surprise that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to shake things up in his attacking unit before next season.
Furthermore, Roberto Firmino has been linked with a move to La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid while the future of backup striker Divock Origi is far from certain as well. So, it becomes imperative that the Merseyside giants secure the signing of a new centre-forward in the upcoming transfer window.
To that end, Liverpool have been linked with a number of strikers, most recently Aston Villa’s in-form man Ollie Watkins. And now, as per the aforementioned report, Sparta Prague’s Adam Hlozek has popped on the radars of the Merseysiders.
Hlozek, 18, is a product of the Sparta Prague youth academy and broke into the first-team during the 2018/19 campaign. The young striker enjoyed an impressive last season during which he managed nine goals and nine assists from 39 games in all competitions. Hlozek missed a large chunk of the 2020/21 term due to a foot injury but still has a return of five goals and eight assists from 16 games so far.
The 18-year-old has also been capped by the Czech Republic national team on a couple of occasions as well. The report states that Liverpool scouts have been left mighty impressed by the striker’s capabilities and have sent back glowing reports to the club, with Hlozek touted to be “strong, quick and capable of slotting into the first-team” right away.
The fact that the teenager can play out wide on the right and left flanks only serves to add to his appeal. It now remains to be seen if the Reds do launch a move for Hlozek at the end of the season or look at alternative targets such as Inaki Williams of Athletic Bilbao.