Liverpool keeping their Powder Dry: Sam Patterson’s Transfer Rumours Column

Sam Patterson

Here’s Sam with this week’s transfer rumours column. He has one final say on the Werner debacle and, as usual, takes his pick of the week’s transfer news, including an update on Kai Havertz…

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By Sam Patterson (@sam000ster)

The Reds have no clear weaknesses – that’s reality. An amazing reality. We are the lucky ones. Embrace it.

Yes, one could argue Klopp could do with cover at left-back or a bit more strength and depth up top. But that’s being picky.

It’s patently clear that, without the onset of a global pandemic, Liverpool may have moved for one, maybe two. Timo Werner, of course, was on the wishlist (that’s obvious) but the pandemic – and all the financial problems which come with it – made a deal nigh-on-impossible (here’s the article I wrote on it last week).

Liverpool didn’t NEED to splash the cash in the pre-COVID-19 world, so why the fume today in the midst of a financial crisis? ***shrugs shoulders*** That particular paradox still gets to me, especially since the Reds are about to make history; anyway, it’s died down now…

On a more original note:

If anything, the most interesting subtext to the Werner debacle – which is relatively untalked about – is why the German starlet suddenly decided to opt for the move to Chelsea (if that does indeed materialise).

There was talk that Werner – one of German football’s most prized assets – was so set on a move to Anfield that he could decide to stay at RB Leipzig for another season, a little like Naby Keita, and make the switch next summer…

The plausible answer is that Klopp pulled the plug completely. But I think that’s unlikely – again, I might be wide of the mark.

The boss will be, understandably, frustrated as it’s no secret he made contact with the player and got him on board. As James Pearce put it in a podcast this week, for months “Werner wanted Liverpool, Klopp wanted Werner”.

So from Jurgen Klopp’s point of view, the biggest disappointment may not lay in the fact he missed out on a prime target, but that the player has decided – after months of talks between the two – that he didn’t opt to wait for another year.

And out of that idea, there lies yet another subtle nuance. Knowing Klopp only pursues a player when he knows they are 100% committed, and since Werner is to join a close rival (reportedly at the first opportunity), maybe the German wasn’t so dead set on a move to Anfield after all? ***shrugs shoulders for a second time***

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, and the Blues’ recruitment team, would also have had to have worked extremely hard behind the scenes. And they look to have got themselves a top player. We’re going to have to accept Werner in blue not red I’m afraid.

Anyhow, that, I hope, is my last word on Werner. Ever.

Short news snippets:

  • The Werner debate makes the suggestion that Liverpool are looking to bring back Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona seem nonsensical. Yes, that rumour was doing the rounds again this week, but it was subsequently – and predictably – denied by The Athletic’s Simon Hughes. The source of the speculation? Twitter…
  • Pedro Chrivella has officially joined FC Nantes. The Spaniard turned down the offer of a contract extension. He made eleven appearances for the first team after making his debut in the Europa League against Bordeaux in 2015.
  • Roma are hoping to offload midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. The Italians are desperate to clear debt and ‘raise funds’ amid the pandemic crisis. The Reds are keeping tabs. That’s if you believe @Tuttosport.
  • Bayer Leverkusen are in no rush to sell Kai Havertz. The highly-rated 21-year-old is attracting interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Liverpool. But his price-tag is substantial – reportedly in the region of £100m. Leverkusen, well-placed in the current climate, could fend off interested parties – for now. (@honigstein)
  • The Independent’s Kevin Palmer has denied rumours Liverpool are interested in Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele. Klopp is an admirer, but even a loan move wouldn’t make sense for the club financially.
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