There have been differing opinions from Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern as to their side’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the weekend, with some satisfied with a point while others felt it was another game the Reds could and perhaps should have won.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Premier League champions off the back of letting slip a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, thus keeping them waiting to book their spot in the knockout stages. Yet they looked on course to get back to winning ways on Saturday as former Chelsea star Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a 65th minute lead, only for Willian’s floated effort to sail over the head of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet five minutes from time to secure a point for Antonio Conte’s side, thus instigating Liverpool’s fall to sixth following Arsenal’s win at Burnley.
Consequently, there have been mixed emotions among our resident Liverpudlians in the Tavern this week, with many happy with their team’s performance on Saturday, but ultimately bemoaning their side’s inability to again see the game out.
Elsewhere, there has been plenty for those Reds fans lining up at the bar to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking the Merseyside giants with a big money move for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The 22-year-old made the move to the Italian giants back in 2015 and has since gone from strength to strength with 14 goals and 13 assists in 91 games for the club, four goals and two assists of which have come in his impressive start to this term.
And Klopp’s Liverpool are reportedly leading the race to land the supremely highly-rated midfielder, in a move which, if they can get it done, would seriously make their intentions clear to the rest of the division, and thus enhance their title credentials.
And that’s because they will have to fend off stiff competition to land the Serbia international, which itself would be a huge coup, while at the same time landing one of the most talented youngsters in Europe to bolster their ranks.
The likes of Juventus, Manchester United, and Manchester City have all been linked with a move for Milinkovic-Savic to further underline his immense talent but also his incredible potential – thus one senses it’s just a matter of time before he leaves Lazio.
And if Liverpool are able to stump up the £60 million-plus asking price to beat the aforementioned trio, especially the latter two, it would surely make the Manchester duo sit up and take notice of a potential Premier League title contender, such is the Serbian’s talent and potential, as well as what a move like that could do to convince others of Liverpool’s pedigree.
Also, it could send out a statement to the rest of the playing squad, such as Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho both of whom could well make way for better things in January, that Liverpool is the place to be to go on and win trophies. A deal as big as this, at the expense of other Premier League heavyweights, could have huge implications on many different levels.
Ultimately, the future is certainly bright at Anfield under Klopp given the incredible attacking potential of the current squad, and adding a supremely talented midfielder like Milinkovic-Savic, someone who has excelled in Italy this term, can only add to that optimism.
Thus, they simply have to beat the Manchester duo to the £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) in the coming transfer windows.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!