Liverpool were linked with Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles in late May but the man himself has cleared up any suggestions that he might move this summer.
On the 22nd of May, Miguel Delaney wrote for the Independent: “Jürgen Klopp has identified Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles as his summer centre-half targets, as he seeks to bolster his Liverpool squad for next season.”
Although there have been question marks over his suitability for Liverpool over the years, there is no denying that Dejan Lovren was immense for the Reds at the tail end of the season, helping his side to the Champions League final.
Despite that, with Ragnar Klavan not getting any younger and Jöel Matip seemingly unable to escape his injury woes, Klopp is in the market for a new centre back to bolster his ranks.
As the man himself has confirmed, Lascelles will not be that guy for Liverpool as he is happy with things at Newcastle.
In an interview with the Shields Gazette, Lascelles said: “This is the happiest I’ve been. I’m playing week in, week out, and I’m the captain here. The fans love me. I’ve got a good relationship with them because I love them. And we’re doing well, too.
“I’m very happy here. You hear things – you hear rumours and stuff – but I’m a young player, and I need to be playing football at a good club – and that’s what this is.
“Overall, it’s been an unreal season as far as I’m concerned, both for me personally, and, more importantly, for the club.
“This is the right club for me at the right time,” said the former England Under-21 international. “We have a huge fanbase, an amazing manager, and this club is massive. It has so much history.
“As captain, I want to see how far we can go – and, potentially, take it back to where it belongs.”
Lascelles, who would have been a fantastic signing for squad depth, is clearly intent on staying at Newcastle and with the way that Rafa is managing the club, who can blame him?