Liverpool links with Lionel Messi are not at all surprising
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Liverpool links with Lionel Messi are not at all surprising

Barcelona’s 8-2 capitulation at the hands of eventual Champions League winners Bayern Munich has triggered a series of behind the scenes battles at the Nou Camp which appear to have been simmering for some time now.

BBC Sport recently reported that Lionel Messi has handed in a transfer request and is seeking to terminate his current Barcelona contract.

Within hours, Liverpool emerged as a genuine contender to land the five-time Ballon d’Or winner via the Independent although there are a number of determining factors that could suggest otherwise.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks dejected as the scoreboard reads ‘4-0’ during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

No surprise we are in the mix

It almost seems impossible to imagine Messi playing for anybody else other than Barcelona, although now it seems as if it could become a glaring reality.

Indeed, Messi still may yet stay, if the Barcelona board resign. Fans were outside the Nou Camp last night protesting and calling for club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to quit.

Liverpool’s recent success over the past two seasons has firmly reinstated the club among Europe’s biggest superpowers which offers some sense of appeal for Messi to be interested by the prospect of joining Anfield.

After all, the Argentine felt the full force of Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ in 2019 after Messi was on the receiving end of one of football’s all-time historic comebacks following Liverpool’s 4-0 victory in the Champions League semi-finals last year.

However, it is practically impossible to imagine Liverpool pulling this deal off when you consider a number of determining variables.

Manchester City, led by Messi’s former boss Pep Guardiola, probably stand the best chance of landing the 33-year-old, while Paris Saint Germain and Juventus also are interested.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 01: Lionel Messi of Barcelona scores a free-kick to make it 3-0 during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Astronomical wages

The Times recently reported that Messi currently earns within the region of £1 million per week at Barcelona.

For Liverpool to match this is just totally ridiculous considering their two current highest earners, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both take home a fifth of Messi’s salary according to Spotrac.

To match this would require a quite stupendous outlay from Liverpool, for a 33-year-old player.

Messi is by no means an ageing star, of course. Even last season he scored an outrageous 31 goals and provided 26 assists.

However, even in the case of arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Liverpool are not about to abandon their key principles to land one of the great sporting geniuses of our time.

Signing Messi creates a huge financial imbalance among the squad and it potentially could have a damaging effect on both Mane and Salah as one would have to be sacrificed to make Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

Liverpool’s status as world champions ultimately means that when a player of Messi’s calibre becomes available, the best clubs are always going to be in the hunt.

You do not need to be a skilled sporting director nor footballing expert to conclude that Messi would improve just about any team currently on the planet.

Messi being linked with Liverpool is just part-and-parcel of the inevitability that comes with the top players being touted with moves to the best clubs.

Do we think this deal has a chance of happening? Absolutley not.

Are we surprised Liverpool have been linked with making a move? Not in the slightest.

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