Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern over the last few days what with their side thumping Porto 5-0 in their previous encounter to all but book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Portuguese giants last week off the back of beating Southampton 2-0 in the Premier League, a result which moved them to within two points of second place Manchester United. And the Reds continued their fine form with an annihilation of Sergio Conceicao’s Porto on Wednesday, with a hat-trick from Sadio Mane as well as strikes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealing a comprehensive success for the Merseysiders, thus all but sealing their spot in the last eight of the competition ahead of the return leg in a fortnight’s time.
Consequently, there have been several delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, many of whom are hoping their side can continue their impressive run of form when they return to league action against West Ham on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama.
And with Spurs themselves reportedly eyeing up a deal to bring Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure to North London, this recent interest must see Liverpool up the ante and try and lure the Kenya international away from Tottenham.
Ultimately, Wanyama appears to be the sort of midfielder the club need in their quest to become genuine Premier League title challengers.
The central midfield department at Anfield is by no means weak, but they certainly do lack a combative and industrious midfielder like Wanyama, who could go in there and protect the back four as well as control the middle of park in a more effective way than the likes of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can do.
And with the latter seemingly likely to leave the club in the summer at the expiration of his contract, Klopp will need to look at other midfield options, even though Naby Keita will be joining the club in the summer from RB Leipzig.
But as is often the case with new signings from abroad, it very much remains to be seen how well and quickly they adapt to the Premier League, and if Liverpool are serious about challenging for the title, they simply cannot afford another start like they had this term, in which they won just three of their opening nine matches.
And while Wanyama doesn’t have a Premier League winner’s medal, he was hugely influential for Tottenham in their run to second place last season, striking up quite a partnership with either Mousa Dembele or Eric Dier, to suggest that he is the sort of midfielder that can improve Liverpool and take them to the next level.
And with Spurs reportedly looking at Watford’s Doucoure, another player who has been very impressive this term, it may well suggest that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are open to the prospect of letting one of their central midfielders leave the club this summer.
And were Wanyama to remain on the peripheries of the action, as he has done pretty much since his return from injury at the start of the year, it’s plausible that they could let him go this summer.
Thus, Liverpool must seek to up the ante and ask questions of Spurs regarding Wanyama’s availability, as the £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) could seriously improve the Reds, and perhaps take them to the next level.
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