🔴 EOTK INSIDER 🔴: Liverpool forward approached, a huge transfer mistake... and more! ✍️
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Just to allay your fears from the off, we can indeed confirm that we are most definitely NOT after Macedonian legend Goran Pandev; the Dutch international beside him, however, is one who could be of interest.
With little movement having occurred in the transfer window - at least on our end! - since our first signing in Ibrahima Konate was announced, it would appear that we have entered into something of a waiting game.
As a number of sources close to the club have suggested, we would expect the bulk of Liverpool’s remaining transfer business to be conducted beyond the European Championship or, at the soonest, when certain relevant sides are knocked out of the tournament.
One player that has already been frequently linked with an Anfield exit is reportedly attracting attention from abroad as we approach the knockout stages, which could certainly suggest that we’ll have a lot of ins and outs in a short space of time once the tournament is wrapped up.
In the meantime, however, we’ve seen the club linked with some pretty surprising names, one of the most intriguing (purely for the reason that The Athletic have given it the time of day, albeit tentatively) being Aston Villa star John McGinn.
In all fairness to the publication, we’d have certainly had our heads turned too if we’d caught whiff of Jurgen Klopp’s conversations with Andy Robertson regarding his fellow Scotland international.
It wouldn’t appear to be curiosity borne of desperation either, with Manchester United (encouraged by ex-boss Sir Alex Ferguson) also urged to have a gander at the 26-year-old Glaswegian two years prior.
Being valued at roughly £45-50m, however, it’s not entirely surprising that our rivals across the M62 grimaced at the shop window and took their business elsewhere, much as we at EOTK Insider expect Liverpool to do too this summer without some magic on Michael Edwards’ end.
However much we end up deciding a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum is worth, though, we cannot afford to balk at such a fee if we feel that a potential target is absolutely the right fit to take the Dutchman’s place.
That having been said, there may be more than a few eyebrows raised if we do end up going in a different direction to a like-for-like replacement…
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If Liverpool are looking for a goalscoring midfielder they’ve already made a HUGE mistake in the transfer window
We know Jurgen Klopp will make another change to Liverpool’s style of play at some point; perhaps it will be something subtle like the tweaking of a player’s role or more grandiose like the implementation of the suffocating high line. Whoever the German decides to bring in to replace Wijnaldum, for instance, will provide a huge clue as to where he plans to take the side next.
Liverpool have received an approach for one of their forwards… which could mean good news for potential transfer business
We’ve been told frequently that player sales WILL have an impact on the kind of business we do this summer. The only problem is that there’s been a lack of consistency over the message, with it being unclear as to the extent incomings are reliant on departures. At any rate, with one sale on the horizon, it can only bode well for our transfer plans.
Saying a player’s a mix of both Frank Rijkaard and Paul Pogba is a particularly grand statement. Yet, one potential Liverpool target’s youth coach is convinced that the former Ajax Academy prospect is destined for greatness. Judging by his recent performance in the Euros, we may be well-advised to sit up and take notice.
We’ll never forget how many jumped at the chance to ridicule Liverpool for spending £75m on then Southampton star Virgil van Dijk. Along with the vast majority of other deals Michael Edwards and the recruitment team have helped broker, we’ve generally been on the money in terms of both quality and price. Arsenal’s next potential bit of business would certainly serve to highlight that fact even more.
And last but not least…
One Liverpool star’s European Championship performances shouldn’t change Klopp’s mind about looking to sell him
Shaqiri’s three goal contributions in three Euros appearances say a great deal about the player’s talent and even more so about his dwindling Liverpool career, having registered one less goal contribution in 14 league appearances. There’s a lot of talent on offer with the Swiss Powercube, but is it time Liverpool called it quits with the Anfield favourite?