The resident Kopites in the Transfer Tavern are really enjoying their sides attacking football of late under Jurgen Klopp…
Liverpool’s devastating front-line are beginning to strut their stuff in the Premier League and proving that they are one of the most potent sides in European football. The summer signing of Mohamed Salah has been a revelation for the club and the Egyptian’s contribution has enabled the players around him to thrive in recent weeks. But the fans are still calling for defensive reinforcements in January to install solidity into their back line. With the mid-season window now less than a month away from re-opening, Klopp will be working in conjunction with FSG to identify a shortlist of defensive players to bring to Anfield.
One defender Liverpool who is rumoured to be on the shortlist of the Liverpool hierarchy is Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano.
However, the club’s aspirations to land their former hero have been thrown into doubt by reports from MundoDeportivo that claim Mascherano is holding out for a move to the Chinese Super League in January.
The former Kop favourite has enjoyed a highly decorated and successful career since moving to Catalonia in 2010, and his performances at centre-back have been pivotal to Barcelona’s success in the last seven years.
But Liverpool should consider Mascherano’s wish to move to China as a blatant indication of his ability and desire to perform at the highest level at 33 years of age.
Chelsea’s former players Ramires and Oscar have proven that players are willing to move to China prior to reaching their sell-by date, but there were obvious financial incentives for those players to opt for a switch to Asia.
Of course, the financial incentives also apply to Mascherano, but his wish to move to China suggests that he his past his prime and no longer possesses the ability to regularly play at one of Europe’s top clubs.
Liverpool should take this factor into consideration and avoid all feelings of romanticism to decide whether a move for Mascherano would be wise for the club.
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