This is a very interesting claim from the respected Melissa Reddy in Goal today.
The Merseyside correspondent claims that Liverpool have slowed our pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt, because the German wants assurances of regular first-team football, the type Jurgen Klopp cannot guarantee, next year…
The 21-year-old wants to stay in the Bundesliga so as to make sure he gets called up for the World Cup in 2018.
As a result, Liverpool have earmarked Mohamed Salah as a potential alternative.
The Egyptian infamously turned us down to sign for Chelsea in January 2014, but failed in England and was eventually offloaded to Italy.
Now at Roma, Salah’s found his feet and has hit double figures for goals (13) and assists (10) this Serie A campaign – a mighty impressive return from a winger.
The 24-year-old is quick, skilful and provides end-product, but there’ll be many who’ll hold a grudge against his Stamford Bridge transfer three years back.
For us, his attributes fit the bill – and the success of the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Juan Cuadrado, Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne since leaving Chelsea prove that’s not the benchmark of a failure.