The Daily Star claims that Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards told Lille manager Christophe Galtier that the Reds have no interest in Nicolas Pepe.
All the noise over the last month or so from club associated newspapers has downplayed a mega-money move for Pepe, with the Mirror reporting in June there is no interest.
This didn’t go down too well with supporters who believe that Jurgen Klopp needs to invest in his squad a lot more than he has this summer as the German is yet to spend a penny on improving its depth.
Starsport reports that Edwards contacted Lille manager Galtier himself to assure the Ligue 1 outfit that they have no plan to sign Pepe for €80million (£71.5m) this summer despite reports from France based journalists.
Liverpool definitely need more depth than they currently have otherwise they run the risk of being overly reliant on Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to remain fully fit the entire season.
Last season, those three players managed to avoid getting injured and the Reds excelled but if any one of that trio is out for longer than a month, it could have a destructive impact on Liverpool’s chances of success.
Fortunately, those players, in particular, have impeccable injury records and should avoid serious injuries if history is anything to judge by but the concern is still there.
Klopp has shown time and time again that he is smarter than he is given credit for so he must have some kind of plan that isn’t immediately obvious.