In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Liverpool recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Reds in talks over Ryan Fraser move which could see Harry Wilson sold
Liverpool are reportedly in advanced talks with Bournemouth about the potential signing of Ryan Fraser in January, with the deal possibly involving Harry Wilson’s loan move to the Cherries becoming permanent.
According to talkSPORT, the Reds lead the way to sign the 25-year-old, whose contract at the Vitality Stadium ends next summer and could therefore be sold mid-season so that the south coast club recoup a transfer fee.
Alex Crook, talkSPORT‘s south coast correspondent, claimed that a potential deal for Fraser might see Bournemouth looking to sign Wilson permanently from the Anfield club.
Fraser excelled for Eddie Howe’s men in the Premier League last season with seven goals and 14 assists, but he has been nowhere near as effective this term.
His 2019/20 return currently stands at one goal and two assists with nearly a third of the campaign gone, whereas Wilson has scored four times for Bournemouth this season after netting against Newcastle at the weekend.
It would seem to make much more sense for Liverpool to retain the player whose contract they own and who is in better form than a transfer target whose goal contributions have dropped significantly in recent months and who would cost the club a transfer fee.
Brendan Rodgers questions lack of funding for defenders during his Anfield reign
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers appeared to hit out at the club’s owners for not providing him with the funding to bring in the defenders that he wanted at Anfield during his time in charge.
The current Leicester boss, who managed the Reds between 2012 and 2015, told FourFourTwo that he had wanted to sign defensive reinforcements in his time at the club, but seemed to suggest that he had not been backed by the Anfield hierarchy.
Rodgers said: “At Liverpool of course we were very good going forward, you have to ask did I have the players to defend how we’d want to defend? I think now at Liverpool they obviously invest a lot of money to get those types of players in.” [via FourFourTwo]
Liverpool have spent big on bolstering their defensive options since Rodgers left by signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m (as per BBC).
However, the Northern Ireland native still spent plenty on defenders during his time at Anfield, bringing in Dejan Lovren for £20m (BBC), Mamadou Sakho for £15m (This Is Anfield), Alberto Moreno for £12m (BBC) and Nathaniel Clyne for £12.5m (BBC).
Despite that investment, the Reds still conceded 43, 50 and 48 league goals in Rodgers’ three full seasons in charge – the most they’ve conceded in a full campaign since then is 42 – suggesting that he had money to spend on defenders but did not invest it particularly wisely.
Jurgen Klopp’s wife persuaded him to take Liverpool job
The Sky Sports pundit was speaking to Norwegian outlet TV2 [via talkSPORT] when he said that Klopp’s wife talked him into taking the reins at Anfield four years ago, with the current Reds manager apparently considering taking over at Manchester United at the time.
Thompson told TV2 [via talkSPORT]: “Klopp told me he could have taken over Manchester United, but his wife said it wasn’t right. When Liverpool arrived, his wife said it was right. There is something strange there. It is as if he’s created for Liverpool.”
Since Klopp came to Anfield in 2015, he has won the Champions League, taken them to another Champions League final and also brought them to a Europa League final, as well as coming within one point of winning the Premier League last season. Prior to his arrival, the Reds had won one trophy in nine years and finished in the top four just once in six seasons.
He has twice finished ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League (in 2016/17 and 2018/19), with Liverpool having done so just twice in the previous 23 years (2001/02 and 2013/14), with the Old Trafford club sacking two managers in Klopp’s time at Anfield and thrice finishing outside the top four.
The intervention of Klopp’s wife certainly appears to have been a sliding doors moment which has worked out greatly in Liverpool’s favour.
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