Rumours are circulating that Liverpool are interested in signing Leicester City’s defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.
There is no denying that Jürgen Klopp lacks a specialist defensive midfielder which makes the decision to sell Lucas Leiva in the summer a bizarre one. The Brazilian has been the standout performer for Lazio since completing his move and has lit up Serie A in a way that has made a few Liverpool fans jealous.
Although many fans talk him down, Reds supporters, in particular, Manchester United did a fantastic job of signing Nemanja Matic in the summer and once again, it seemed bizarre for Chelsea to let him go. Especially to a direct rival.
With the absence of a defensive-minded midfielder in his side, rumours have been doing the rounds this week that Klopp will move in the summer for Wilfred Ndidi. I, however, am the bearer of bad news as there is no intent at this moment in time to make a move.
Several national newspapers have cited a report from Nigerian news outlet the New Telegraph. The report’s title claims that Liverpool are going to “break the bank for Ndidi in June.”
While there is no reason in actual fact that the Merseysiders won’t move for the Super Eagles midfielder, the root of the story is not one that is founded in fact and actually stems from an editorial from another Liverpool site.
The New Telegraph mentions “reports in England” as the source of the story but really, the origin is an opinion article written by David Gate for Rush the Kop. After being mistakenly reported as fact in Nigeria, the likes of the Express picked up the story and ran with it.
For what it’s worth, Ndidi would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool and if the Nigerian did end up moving to Merseyside, the difference he would make to a midfield that is seemingly incapable of protecting the back four would be immense.
At 21 years of age, he’s also got his whole career ahead of him yet. Under a manager like Klopp, his pace and footballing brain could be put to great use and he could develop into a fantastic player.
For now, however, it remains nothing more than media bullshit.