Liverpool punters in the Transfer Tavern are looking ahead to the summer transfer window, wondering how Jurgen Klopp will strengthen a squad that could be competing in the Champions League next season.
The Reds are currently third in the Premier League table but if they miss out on a qualification spot come the end of May, it will almost certainly be a consequence of the limited depth at Klopp’s disposal – something that could become increasingly prevalent in the coming weeks with top scorer Sadio Mane out injured for the rest of the campaign.
Liverpool lack a like-for-like replacement but one attacker deemed the perfect understudy by Liverpool drinkers in the Tavern is Athletic Bilbao’s winger-forward Inaki Williams, who can play anywhere across the front line and combines scintillating speed with goal threat, notching up four goals and six assists in La Liga so far this season.
According to Sky Sports’ La Liga correspondent Guillem Balague, however, although Liverpool have followed the 22-year-old they’re unlikely to pursue him this summer – quite simply, because Williams has failed to justify his €50million valuation. That converts to around £41.94million.
In his column on Sky Sports’ website, Balague said; “He was followed by Liverpool and has a €50million buyout clause. I’m not sure any team would be willing to pay that right now because he has not proved that valuation. He is in no rush but he is certainly looking abroad should he move.”
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