Steven Gerrard has earmarked Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the ideal man to lead the line for Liverpool, but admits the pacey forward is in high demand.
Aubameyang has established himself as one of the world’s most prolific strikers, scoring goals for fun in the Bundesliga to keep Dortmund’s title hopes alive.
The Gabon forward was on fire recently, plundering a hat-trick as his side defeated Benfica 4-0 in the Champions League round of 16 second leg, and the onlooking Gerrard was more than impressed by what he saw.
The Liverpool legend was asked on air by his fellow BT Sport pundit Gary Lineker whether the Dortmund man is exactly what his former club are searching for.
‘Yeah, but if he’s in this type of form, he’ll alert a lot of clubs not just Liverpool,’ said Gerrard.
‘He attacks the frame all the time and he gets tap-ins because of his movement,’ the former England captain added.
Aubameyang currently leads the way in the German scoring charts this season, keeping the likes of prolific Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski at bay.
After 21 games played Aubameyang boasts an incredible ratio of 21 goals scored, with the latter end of the season still to play.
Gerrard will be hoping his eye for identifying talent can also play to his advantage in his new role within the Liverpool academy set up.
The former Liverpool No 8 watched on recently as the club’s Under 18 side took on rivals Manchester United on a chilly Friday night in Altrincham.
Gerrard – joined by other fellow ex-pros Steve McManaman and Rob Jones – watched a fractious match end 2-2, with Liverpool finishing the game with 10 men.