Having trailed his signature closely earlier in the transfer window, a few of our Liverpool supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern were sad to witness Mateo Kovacic joining Real Madrid from Inter Milan yesterday afternoon.
That said, Rafael Benitez’s capture of the Croatian international could still spell good things for Liverpool who have since turned their attentions to Asier Illarramendi.
The Spaniard is currently surplus to requirements in the Spanish capital and with Kovacic’s signature pushing him further down the midfield pecking order that also includes Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Lucas Silva, it is likely that Illarramendi will now be within the Reds’ grasp.
With Metro claiming Real Madrid are now ready to sell, the former Real Sociedad man could now prove the final piece in the jigsaw for Brendan Rodgers and co.
Already boasting several options in midfield, the papers still reckon Lucas Leiva will be on his way out of Anfield after all of these years so in somebody like Illarramendi, he will make for a perfect like-for-like replacement.
With Liverpool having been awfully busy in the transfer market this summer, the early evidence seems to suggest that everything is going swimmingly in regards to the new boys settling in.
With Christian Benteke scoring his first Reds goal against AFC Bournemouth on Monday night, Kopites will hope that’s the first of many.
But with Illarramendi’s move reportedly close, how will he look in Liverpool’s best starting eleven for the rest of the campaign ahead?
Click on the image below to reveal the dream Liverpool XI including Asier Illarramendi.