Tiemoue Bakayoko liked a tweet linking him with Liverpool and people have taken it to mean that there is interest from the Reds in the AS Monaco midfielder.
Silly season has truly enveloped us all as professional footballers’ every movements are scrutinised and this is particularly true on social media.
Last summer, Mahmoud Dahoud followed a few Liverpool players on Instagram and liked a couple of their photos and many supporters jumped to the conclusion that the German wanted a move to Merseyside and that such a move was imminent.
After being disappointed in such a manner already in the last 12 months, you would hope that this sort of behaviour wouldn’t continue, but it does and will so long as football fans are prolific on social media.
The latest instance of social media stalking involves AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and he seems to have liked a photo linking him with Liverpool despite all the talk being of a move to Chelsea.
Tiemoué Bakayoko “liked” this Tweet: “Chelsea rejected him, United are hesitating, he’s calling everyone, he contacted Liverpool himself.” pic.twitter.com/5Muqyv3nyV
— Get French Football (@GFFN) July 10, 2017
Liverpool are in fact looking for a new central midfielder and have been heavily linked with Senegal international Naby Keïta but have been frustrated in their efforts to sign him.
It does seem doubtful that Bakayoko will be heading to Liverpool this summer and Kristian Walsh, in the Liverpool Echo’s liveblog, points out that it could have been a case of “fat fingers syndrome.”
Professional footballers and many other celebrities tend to search for themselves on social media and on Google so it’s not impossible that he accidentally liked the tweet.
That, or maybe he just fancied causing a little drama by liking the tweet on purpose even though there is nothing to it all.
At the end of the day, the fact remains that Liverpool are not pursuing the Frenchman and that should be enough for any sane Liverpool supporter not to read anything into this.