Towards the end of December and the beginning of January, rumours that Liverpool would make a move for Quincy Promes were very common and the player has spoken out.
The stories of Liverpool being interested in Promes were predicated on the fact that the Spartak forward is close friends with Georginio Wijnaldum and the two were supposedly keen on linking up outside of the Dutch national team setup.
Speaking to Sport Express, via The Liverpool Echo, Promes has revealed that there was never any transfer negotiation – rather that it was just speculation.
He said, “I never thought about other clubs. Never. Some things were said, but I do not know about that.
“I just know that I play for Spartak, and people who really know me understand this.”
Promes even said that Wijnaldum wants him on Merseyside but that there was no interest from the club.
He said, “Yes, he says he wants me [at Liverpool], because he likes me as a player. That’s what he said. I talked with him, of course. But it wasn’t about Liverpool. We’re just friends.
“I repeat: everyone who knows me understands what I think, and fans of Spartak know and remember what I said.
“So I do not understand why this issue is discussed at all.”
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has come under fire for his supposed failure to find cover for Sadio Mané. Many people have identified the Senegal forward’s absence as being the catalyst for Liverpool’s poor form in the last month.
The argument is that Klopp has had plenty of time to find a suitable replacement and having failed to do so, needs to shoulder the blame. That being said, Klopp has said on countless occasions that the clubs that Liverpool have tried to negotiate with are not interested in selling.
Julian Brandt and Christian Pulisic are two players that Klopp has been reported as highly interested in. Paul Joyce, correspondent for the Times, said that he disagrees with Klopp over his lack of ambition with regards to signing players this month.
Joyce said, “I disagree with Klopp when he argues clubs would not sell. Wolfsburg sold Draxler but PSG offered a better financial package.”
It might be a case of Klopp not being backed enough by owners Fenway Sports Group and therefore doesn’t have the financial power to complete deals this month.
Regardless of the cause, the result is that Liverpool will need to finish this season with the players at hand. Klopp has a real job to do if he is to reignite the form that saw Liverpool rocket to the top of the league by November.