Who won the fight of Liverpool transfer targets between Karim Adeyemi and Jonathan David?
On Wednesday evening in the UEFA Champions League, Karim Adeyemi met Jonathan David. Who emerged victorious in the battle for Liverpool transfer targets?
In Austria, RB Salzburg and Lille battled it out in a thrilling Champions League match. The game was won 2-1 by the hosts, who now have four points in the group.
But there was another reason why it was intriguing. Two of Europe’s greatest young strikers met together – two players Liverpool is said to be interested in.
But who came out on top?
Karim Adeyemi Football Career
Adeyemi began his career with TSV Forstenried as a youngster before joining FC Bayern München in the Bundesliga at the age of eight. A conflict arose as a result of an impasse in negotiating his ongoing stay at the club, and Adeyemi was forced to depart, meaning he joined SpVgg Unterhaching in 2012.
He made his debut for the U19 squad in the A-Junioren-Bundesliga in March 2018 after progressing through the youth departments (Under 19 Bundesliga). In a 2–3 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt U19 in April 2018, he scored his first goal in this competition. He was relegated to the A-Jugend Bayernliga (Under 19 Bayernliga) with Unterhaching at the end of the season.
Prior to the 2018–19 season, Adeyemi signed a three-year contract with Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg.  He was then loaned out for the season to their feeder club FC Liefering. Adeyemi made his 2. Liga debut against Austria Lustenau on September 1, 2018, where he played the entire game as Liefering lost 1–0.
We’ll start with Adeyemi, who arguably grabbed the most attention. The German gained a penalty in the first half, which he converted to put Salzburg ahead.
Adeyemi has now won a total of four penalties in his first two Champions League games. The 19-year-pace old’s and mobility are unstoppable for opposing defenses.
Adeyemi scored a second penalty, albeit he didn’t win it, and Salzburg went on to win the game. However, his two penalty kicks are really a footnote to his overall game, which appears to be tailor-made for Liverpool.
When he’s on the pitch, the 19-year-old, who has nine goals in the Austrian Bundesliga and Champions League this season, sprints relentlessly. He’s a consistent out-baller who makes opposing teams nervous.
You can’t afford to leave Adeyemi alone against a single defender, and you can’t afford to leave any space around him. As an illustration of his dedication, the child also won two tackles. We believe he’s fantastic, and Liverpool must be as well.
According to Bild, the Reds are interested; we advise them to go one step further and make a proposal.
Lille were not in control for much of the game, thus David had a difficult time. Despite this, he left an impression.
We’ve written before about David and how great his pressing is. And that’s the catch: unlike Adeyemi, the Canadian isn’t a true threat. Instead, he moves into open space, looks for teammates, and tries to link plays. He’ll also make a strong push to reclaim the ball.
As a result, he resembles Roberto Firmino more than most. He doesn’t have the same technique as the others, but the concept is the same: a selfless striker who performs the things you wish other strikers would do.
In terms of threatening himself, David had one instance in the second half where he demonstrated his abilities. As he drove towards the Salzburg goal, the forward picked up the ball and rode two tackles. In the end, his shot was tame, but it demonstrated how difficult he is to defend.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool saw David as a possible replacement for Diogo Jota. We know they think highly of him, and we’re confident the Reds are keeping an eye on him despite his £27 million move to Lille.
Both Adeyemi and David looked excellent in this photo, but Adeyemi was the more impressive of the two. Lille had no idea who he was at first as he glided across the pitch wreaking mayhem.
Liverpool, on the other hand, could make use of both Adeyemi and David. They could even be able to play together.
But if we had to choose, we’d go with Adeyemi. He appears to be a future star and would be significantly less expensive than the Ligue 1 player. Liverpool, on the other hand, would have to act quickly, as these performances will only increase the price.