Liverpool did want Julian Draxler this month, but our refusal to offer the kind of enormous wages PSG put on the table scuppered our bid, Paul Joyce told the Times’ game webchat today.
Joyce is a respected correspondent and has his ear to the ground of all things Liverpool.
He said: “Liverpool went for Pulisic, but Dortmund wouldn’t sell. Leverkusen’s progress in the CL meant Brandt also wouldn’t happen. Liverpool obviously wanted to sign Draxler but he chose PSG perhaps due to their financial offer. Klopp won’t sign stop gaps. Unless something major happens between now and the end of the transfer window, I can’t see Klopp’s stance changing.”
So, we wanted three young, talented Bundesliga stars – but none of them came through – much like with Mario Gotze in the summer.
As it stands, we have no real option for the right-wing, with Adam Lallana filling in with Sadio Mane at the AFCON.
It’s lessened the Englishman’s effectiveness and in truth, we’ve looked a far worse side without our Senegalese flyer.
We obviously fancied Draxler to strengthen this position, but despite mooted interest in Quincy Promes from Spartak Moscow, it looks like Jurgen Klopp will keep shuffling his pack and filling in that spot up top his own way.
We’re not sure it’s the right way to go, considering we’re in the title race and still in both cup competitions, but the boss has been proven right before and hopefully will be again.
Annoyingly, Draxler has hit the ground running in France, scoring a world-class on his debut.