When the final whistle blew on the 2018/19 season with Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all sharing Premier League Golden Boot honors, Jurgen Klopp responed, “So all my players, eh?”
Although Aubameyang was technically plying his trade at Arsenal, he was still a “Klopp player” in the manager’s mind. Is it possible that there’s a late-career reunion between the manager and player? According to former Liverpool player Stephen Warnock, it’s something the player and manager should consider.
“If i was Jurgen Klopp, I’d be going for him with a year left on his contract,” Warnock said on BBC 5 Live Sport, “and you’re wanting a goalscorer who can either come off the bench or play on a regular basis.
“He will challenge the front three natural, he doesn’t need time to settle, you know he’s proven, he knows the manager and the manager knows what he’s about.
“Aubameyang will be on big wages, but he won’t cost you big money to get him out with a year left on his contract and the age that he’s at.
“From his point of view, being a squad player at 31, competing for Champions League, competing for leagues, and he will win some trophies going to one of those three clubs - that’s what he wants at the end of his career.”
Aubameyang’s contract expires in 2021, which is fueling the speculation about his move. Although he’s 31-years-old, which is generally bad news for a striker, he currently sits joint-top for Premier League goals.
It’s probably unlikely to happen, but there are worse short-term solutions during this uncertain era in the transfer market.