Despite the fact he’s available for £32m and scored ten goals for PSG in the second half of last season, Liverpool won’t go in for Julian Draxler.
That’s according to James Pearce, who confirmed as much in the Echo today:
“One player who certainly won’t be Anfield bound is Julian Draxler,” he wrote.
“Paris Saint-Germain are open to offers for the Germany international following their world record £200million swoop for Neymar and Liverpool have been linked with a move for him.
“Klopp was interested in the left-sided attacker last season and held talks with him, but Draxler turned down the Reds when he left Wolfsburg and signed for PSG instead in January.
“Liverpool have no intention of going back in for him as that isn’t an area of the squad Klopp is looking to strengthen.”
We bid for the German back in January, with Jurgen Klopp in desperate need of a winger, but just seven months later and with only Mo Salah purchased in attack, the club feels we’re too well stocked in this position to consider him.
To us, this is crazy. We’re already missing the creativity Adam Lallana and Coutinho could provide central areas terribly. Draxler can play no.10, but also on either flank – making him a potentially brilliant squad addition.
He could be considered a short-term or long-term replacement for our wantaway Brazilian too, but despite the fact he’s available for a bargain price, Liverpool will not consider the 23-year-old.
Draxler is quick, young and incredibly talented. He’s a World Cup winner and has Champions League experience. In short, he’s exactly the kind of pedigree of player our squad lacks.
If either Sadio Mane or Mo Salah get injured this term, which is not an impossibility, we have to change our entire shape and way of playing, essentially. Roberto Firmino, or Coutinho/Lallana when they return, do not run in behind when used on the left or right – but Draxler can.
The former Schalke and Wolfsburg ace creates chances and finishes them and with Coutinho desperate to leave, it would make sense to buy someone of similar ilk and let him settle before our no.10 inevitably departs next summer.
What’s more, Pearce has confirmed that we’re not going to buy a centre-half unless Virgil van Dijk becomes available. We can’t see any way in which Southampton will sell to us, so are genuinely entering the season with Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez as our options in this position.
Not only is it risky, but it’s verging on unforgivable.