Liverpool are looking at signing three internationals, according to reports. The trio are ageing but highly experienced players.
The Daily Mail makes the claim. In an article covering some of the biggest players ‘up for sale’ this summer, they name 10. Three of those are, apparently, of note to Liverpool.
The first is Thiago – no surprise there. Reports just about everywhere link the Spaniard to Liverpool and it’s a transfer that could well happen. The player fits and has one year left on his contract – the Reds only need to secure a reasonable fee.
Then comes Kalidou Koulibaly. He’s a player that Italian outlets, in particular, linked with Liverpool this year. Primarily during the shutdown, we should say.
And the last player is James Rodriguez. The Columbian has had a strange time since signing for Real Madrid in 2014 and could finally be off. And the Mail suggests that a collection of Premier League clubs hold an interest in the player – including Liverpool.
What RTK has to say
We firmly believe Liverpool want Thiago, if only because a number of solid sources have claimed it. The other two? We have strong doubts.
A move for Koulibaly, for instance, just doesn’t make much sense. It’s difficult to see how James fits in, either, especially after his struggles with Real.
What really stands out, though, is that the three internationals are all 29, which isn’t a market Liverpool usually shop in. While we can believe they’d make an exception for Thiago, he really does feel like the only one.
He’s a proven elite player, after all, and of a type that Liverpool haven’t had for some time. That’s someone you move for – at the right price.
The other two have doubts over them. Koulibaly has never played for a winning team and James has floundered in recent years. Given they’re unlikely to improve at 29, they just don’t fit Liverpool’s method.