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Barcelona’s stance on Karim Adeyemi bid as Liverpool eye RB Salzburg forward

Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have all been linked with the RB Salzburg striker, who has started the season in blistering goalscoring form

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RB Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi proved his Champions League credentials with a starring role in their first group game against Sevilla.

The 19-year-old won a hat-trick of penalties against the Spaniards and despite missing the first, proved he could be the real deal in Europe’s biggest competition.

He has started the season in prolific form in the Austrian league, scoring six times in the club’s first six league games.

Adeyemi’s form has led to links with some of Europe’s top clubs, including Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Jurgen Klopp made only one summer signing in the previous window and there are concerns about his side’s options going forward.

Karim Adeyemi has exploded onto the scene with Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona interested in the striker

Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will miss a portion of this season, when they represent their countries in the African Cup of Nations in January.

That could leave the Reds struggling for bodies in attacking areas and Adeyemi is a name that has been touted to come in and make an instant impact.

Klopp has already hinted that there could be activity in the January window and that they will need to find a solution to the duo’s absence.

“It depends on the situation in the squad at the moment,” said the Reds boss. “It’s not ideal, everybody knows that.

“Africa Cup of Nations, they have the right to play their tournament, like Europe and South America, that is completely fine.

“We knew it, we have to deal with it, and we will deal with it. How? We will have to see in January.

“People are saying now that we have to sign two strikers of the same quality as Sadio and Mo, but that cannot be a solution as we cannot do that. So we need to find a solution in January.”

And their hopes of landing Adeyemi have been boosted with Mundo Deportivo claiming that Barcelona have reservations about a potential approach.

SEVILLE, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 14: Jesus Navas of Sevilla FC competes for the ball with Karim Adeyemi of RB Salzburg during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Sevilla FC and RB Salzburg at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 14, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The Blaugrana have held a longstanding interest in the forward and tried to sign him two seasons ago.

It is suggested that while there are admirers at the Camp Nou, his positional ability is also questioned, while there is also a belief any deal would be a complicated one.

Salzburg have shown in recent seasons that their preferred route is to sell their best talents to their German counterparts RB Leipzig.

That was the path taken by current Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate, as well as Dominik Szoboslai.

Erling Haaland is of course the club’s most high-profile departure, with the Norwegian joining Borussia Dortmund, before establishing himself as one of the top strikers in world football.

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