Liverpool set to make staggering £44m bid to meet release clause for talented 22-year-old forward

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Liverpool are reportedly set to make a £44m offer in order to try and prise striker Inaki Williams away from Athletic Bilbao in January.

The 22-year-old has scored 10 goals in 52 league outings for the La Liga outfit, and in turn has attracted interest from elsewhere while also making his international debut for the Spanish national team earlier this year.

According to Mundo Deportivo, as noted by The Sun, Liverpool are prepared to meet the £44.6m buyout clause in his contract, and if true, Jurgen Klopp evidently sees him as an excellent signing to help lead his side to success both currently and in the future.

It’s claimed in the report that the Reds are keen on tying up the deal in January in order to sustain their push for silverware this season, but it remains to be seen how successful they are in trying to prise him away midway through the campaign.

Daniel Sturridge has struggled so far this season having scored just two goals in eight appearances in all competitions, drawing a blank in seven Premier League games.

While the likes of Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho have been filling in with goals, Klopp arguably needs a reliable goalscorer up front in order to fire his side towards trophies, and based on the report above, it appears as though Williams is the man to fill the void.

If the figures are true, it’s a significant and arguably risky investment in a player that has yet to show real consistency at the top level. Nevertheless, Klopp has been impressive in developing young players throughout his managerial career thus far, and it perhaps would be no different on this occasion.

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