Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a 4-0 success over Bournemouth on the South Coast last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash at the Vitality Stadium having drawn their previous two league encounters, but they produced a sterling attacking display to sweep aside Eddie Howe’s Cherries on Sunday. Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino secured a comprehensive victory for the Merseyside giants, who in turn moved up to fourth in the Premier League table given Tottenham’s defeat to table-toppers Manchester City a day earlier.
Subsequently, there have been many upbeat Liverpudlians in the Tavern this week, several of whom are eagerly anticipating the forthcoming January transfer window, and thus what players their team could lure to Anfield ahead of the second half of the season.
And one man who has been linked with a move to Merseyside in recent times is Atletico Madrid full-back Sime Vrsaljko, although recent comments from the club’s president suggest that the Croatia international will remain at the Wanda Metropolitano beyond the January window.
However, the Reds should not give up in their chase, as a full-back remains a problem position for Klopp, and Vrsaljko’s lack of gametime in the Spanish capital could well see him make a decision over this future.
Ultimately, although Liverpool have improved somewhat defensively of late, there does remain question marks over their season-long capabilities at the back, with both the centre-back and full-back options of concern.
Nathaniel Clyne’s long-term injury down the right hand side hasn’t helped, while both Alberto Moreno and Andrew Robertson have both shown inconsistency down the left flank to call into question their suitability to the role.
Thus, it’s an area that Klopp could really do with strengthening in January, and although the Atletico president has said that he’s not for sale, Vrsaljko himself may wish to look for a move himself.
The Croatia international has managed just five La Liga starts this term, with niggling injuries somewhat stunting his progress, while he only managed one Champions League appearance in their ill-fated group stage campaign.
And if his troubles for regular first team football persist, the 25-year-old himself could well make a decision regarding his future, especially given that there is a World Cup at the end of the season, and Vrsaljko will have high hopes of making the Croatia squad.
Yet minutes on the pitch is what he needs to not only make the squad but then make a difference in Russia – Liverpool may be able to give him that in the second half of the season and beyond.
And alongside the financial power that the Premier League clubs have now from the TV deal, the Reds could still lure the 25-year-old to Anfield, and as such they should not give up their pursuit of the £14.4 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) ahead of the January window.
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