Draxler explains why he snubbed £34m Liverpool deal: ‘It’s not about Jurgen Klopp’

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Missing out on a Julian Draxler in January was a hard one to take, especially considering our entire season basically collapsed during that month.

Jurgen Klopp identified the former Wolfsburg man as an attainable target, after he’d fallen out of favour in Germany for the Bundesliga strugglers.

Liverpool’s manager recognised his talent and potential for improvement, but unfortunately, so did PSG – who sealed a £34m deal in the winter window.

According to the 23-year-old German, his decision to move to France and not England was not based on PSG’s millions, but football.

Klopp reveals: You criticise me here for same thing they did in Germany…

“You know we have been in talks with some clubs in England as well, but this time I decided to make the decision as to what I feel and what I prefer for myself,” he told BBC’s World Service.

“There were some teams that wanted me from the Premier League but it was not like it was very, very close.

“Football is about making decisions and that’s what I did. I decided that PSG is the best club for me at the moment.

“It’s not about Jurgen Klopp, about Liverpool or about different clubs from England.

“It was just my opinion that I am the best player for PSG at the moment – so that’s what I decided.

“I chose a great new step in my career because PSG is a really, really great club. They have big goals, they want to reach big things and that’s why I want to be part of it.”

“I did not – and will not – decide my club just for the money.”

No player who hasn’t moved for money has ever had to say they’re not moving for money, have they?!

But that’s besides the point, considering Draxler has notched 10 goals in just 23 appearances for PSG during the second half of this season.

That kind of offensive threat would have massively boosted our frontline, but this summer, we’ll have to turn our attentions elsewhere. A quick, skilful attacker with genuine end-product, of Draxler’s ilk, is a must… Perhaps one of his international counterparts – Timo Werner or Julian Brandt – will do…



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