Many Liverpool fans were not impressed to discover what The Athletic journalist James Pearce had to say regarding the Reds’ reported transfer target, Sven Botman.
Speaking on the Red Agenda Podcast (cited by Anfield Edition), the Reds writer confirmed that there is “not a possibility” that Jurgen Klopp’s side will move for the 20-year-old this month.
He added that the German tactician will only be interested in making a signing at the back if he can get a target that meets two criteria. Firstly, if the price is right, and secondly, if the player can fit into the long-term planning of his squad at Anfield.
Liverpool have no established central defenders available for selection at this time. Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been ruled out for the foreseeable future with serious knee injuries whilst Joel Matip is also nursing an adductor issue which has sidelined him for a few weeks.
Fabinho and Jordan Henderson both had to step in at the back during their 1-0 defeat to Southampton last time out, missing out on the chance to extend their lead over their arch-rivals Manchester United in the title race.
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With the Reds having to play two midfielders at centre back, some supporters could not understand why their club has taken such a stance in regards to their transfer plans, with some even questioning the ambition of the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, led by majority shareholder John Henry.
Fans incensed by Pearce update
“Makes no sense literally have 0 CBs fit”
“Get beat by Southampton, couldn’t beat the press, Hendo (the CB) telling Gini to step down leaves Trent isolated, Trent makes a mistake, we lose. But apparently, we don’t need a CB”
“Why? is it because FSG are skint?”
“Well it is, club and FSG just being stingy and lacking ambition”
“So we’re gonna start Hendo at CB again in a title-contending game NICEEEEE”
“Going through the season with Phillips or Rhys as the first choice, I swear to god, this club ain’t serious at all, full of arrogant and complacent people”
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