Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week in anticipation of their team’s clash with Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday, what with the Reds going into it off the back of a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been in excellent form in the last few months to usurp both Arsenal and Tottenham in the Premier League table, at the same time booking their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by winning Group E. And the Merseyside giants got their FA Cup campaign off to a great start with a 2-1 success over Everton last weekend, setting them up perfectly for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s high-flying City, who look set to face one of their toughest tests yet at Anfield on Sunday.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their side could go on to achieve in the second half of the campaign, both domestically and on the European stage.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that they could bring Naby Keita’s proposed summer move to the club forward to this month, for a reported fee of between ’15 and 20 million euros’.
And while Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona has somewhat stimulated the need for greater midfield strength this month, the Reds should forget about bringing Keita’s move forward, and instead they should focus all of their January efforts on winning the race for Schalke’s £36 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) Leon Goretzka.
The 22-year-old is out of contract at the German side in the summer and has been attracting much interest across Europe, and it’s this vast amount of competition, as well as the guarantee of Keita arriving in the summer anyway, which should focus Klopp’s attentions on landing the German.
Goretzka has been in excellent form for the Bundesliga outfit in the past few years, and at the age of 22, he looks set to go on and become an outstanding central midfielder – the sort any top team would want in their side.
But he’s surely going to be snapped up in the near future, such is his contract situation, quality, and undoubted potential, so instead of trying to bring a deal forward for Keita, a deal that is already guaranteed and will happen no later than the summer, Liverpool should seek to land Goretzka, especially with it looking like Emre Can will stay for the season.
That way, come the summer, instead of Can leaving for Juventus and Keita coming in as a direct replacement, Goretzka would already be at the club, and have six months in the side adapting to life in English football. Add Keita to that come the end of the season, and Liverpool’s midfield ranks are looking good.
It’s a deal that may cost more, but Liverpool have just received £105 million upfront for Coutinho, so that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Ultimately, why bring forward a deal that is definitely done (Keita), and spend a bit more money along the way, at the expense of one that could be done now (Goretzka), but is unlikely to be an option come the end of the season?
And that’s exactly why the Reds should consider against bringing Keita’s move forward, and instead focus all their efforts on landing the supremely highly-rated Goretzka to Anfield this month.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!