Frustrated in their pursuit of AS Roma’s, Mo Salah, Liverpool have turned their attention Sporting’s, Gelson Martins.
Gelson Martins: Won possession in the attacking third more times (26) than any other player in Liga NOS last season pic.twitter.com/AKfuQYor55
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 6, 2017
The link to Martins does get a little bit strange, though, when you realise the winger has a release fee clause of £46.5million, but the Portuguese side would be willing to do a deal around the £40million.
But the price Liverpool won’t pay for Salah? £35million. Of course, each deal is taken at its own merit, from contract length, to wages but Salah has been one of the stars of Serie A since ending his miserable Chelsea stint.
This is just classic football club behaviour, when they can’t get the player they want, for the price they want, they’ll leak things to their puppets in the press about alternative links that are about as legitimate as a Theresa May promise.
The bigger issue at play here, though, and one Liverpool fans should be asking themselves: why has Jurgen Klopp clearly not learnt, again? Why is the German pushing ahead in the stockpiling of these lightweight, diminutive, yet fast, players?
The one saving grace for Klopp’s approach to the summer transfer window, so far, is the belief around Anfield that they’ve won the race for Southampton’s in demand centre-back, Virgil van Dijk. But it will take more than one addition to the back line for the Reds to fully achieve what was expected of Klopp.
Whisper it quietly, but Klopp has been a failure, so far…