Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team sweep aside Swansea City 5-0 at Anfield on Boxing Day, in turn extending their unbeaten Premier League run to 11 games and retaining fourth place in the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were lodged inside the division’s top four at Christmas following a decent run of form in the lead up, although Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham moved above them earlier on Boxing Day following their 5-2 success at home to Southampton. Nonetheless, they were fourth for a matter of hours as a brace from Roberto Firmino as well as strikes from Philippe Coutinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured a comprehensive victory for the Merseyside giants on Tuesday, a result which kept the managerless Swans firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
Consequently, there have been many upbeat Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from AS, which details that reported Reds target Sime Vrsaljko will stay at Atletico Madrid next month.
The 25-year-old made the move to the Spanish capital back in 2016 but has struggled for first team football this season, although three successive La Liga starts suggests that injury was the cause of his difficulties, as opposed to being low down on Diego Simeone’s pecking order.
Yet Liverpool were one side reportedly eyeing up a move for the full back in a bid to improve their own defensive frailties, but recent reports suggest that Vrsaljko will stay at the Wanda Metropolitano, with manager Simeone reportedly willing to sanction the departure of Yannick Carrasco instead.
Thus, this is likely to strike a telling blow in Klopp’s January plans with just a few days to go until the window reopens.
Landlord’s verdict: Liverpool’s defensive frailties have been exposed often in the last 18 months or so, with many feeling that, despite improvement in recent weeks, it’s not good enough to see the club seriously challenge for major honours.
So reports linking the Reds with a move for Atletico Madrid right-back Sime Vrsaljko were likely well received by our resident Liverpudlians, yet recent reports suggesting that the 25-year-old won’t be leaving the Spanish capital are unlikely to go down too well.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone has reportedly ‘opted’ to keep Vrsaljko and instead let Yannick Carrasco leave in January, leaving Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp having to turn his attentions away from the Croatia international ahead of the reopening of the transfer window next week.
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