Liverpool supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side lose 3-2 at home to fellow Premier League outfit West Brom in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men made it through to the last 32 of the world’s oldest club competition courtesy of a 2-1 success over Merseyside rivals Everton earlier this month, but the Reds bowed out at the fourth round stage for the third successive season. Roberto Firmino fired the hosts into a fifth minute lead only for a Jay Rodriguez brace and a Joel Matip own goal to give Alan Pardew’s side a healthy half time advantage, with Mohamed Salah’s effort 12 minutes from the end not enough to inspire a comeback from Liverpool, in turn concluding their hopes of a first FA Cup title since 2006.
Consequently, there have been many despondent Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, yet their mood is likely to be improved by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which details a potentially big boost in the Reds’ quest for Monaco forward Keita Balde.
The 22-year-old only made the move to the Stade Louis II back in the summer after a successful stint at Italian giants Lazio, and he has since proven his worth to Leonardo Jardim’s side with five goals and nine assists in 24 appearances for the club.
However, recent reports suggest that the Senegal international could be made ‘available’ by the Ligue 1 champions, to the point that Serie A leaders Napoli have reportedly tried their hand at an offer for the talented forward.
And news of Keita’s reported availability is likely to come as a big boost to Reds chief Klopp, who has been linked with the 22-year-old in the past, but whether the Merseysiders are indeed able to do a deal for the forward remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has recently said that new additions at Anfield this month are ‘not really likely’, although there could be some good news for the Reds chief based on recent reports.
And that’s because they suggest that Monaco forward Keita Balde could be made ‘available’ by the Ligue 1 champions, despite only signing for the club during the summer after an impressive stint at Lazio.
And with the Reds having reportedly expressed an interest in the past, this news is likely to come as a big boost to Klopp, who may well seek reinforcements after seeing his side lose to West Brom in the FA Cup on Saturday, arguably their best chance of silverware this season.
But with Arsenal also thought to be interested and Napoli having already made an offer for Keita, it remains to be seen whether the German can indeed lure the 22-year-old to Anfield.
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