In recent years Liverpool have become the envy of the football world with their transfer activity as well as their on the pitch successes. Michael Edwards has masterminded recruitment and Jürgen Klopp has masterminded the trophy haul, together they have been terrorising Barcelona. Liverpool could be set for another victory over Barcelona this summer if two key transfers happen.
Liverpool and Barcelona
January 2018 was a strange time for Kopites. Liverpool had just sold one of their best players to Barcelona, a sad thing. However, they had rinsed the buyers for every penny, a good thing.
We used the £142m that Barca paid for Philippe Coutinho to bring in Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Fabinho.
The Camp Nou club went on to become frustrated with their megabucks buy, eventually loaning him to Bayern Munich – the Brazilian would go on to score twice and assist once against his parent club in that game against Barca.
The Reds haven’t only had them off in the transfer market, they also broke the Catalan club’s heart in the Champions League, putting four past them at Anfield in a stunning comeback.
Two key transfers
The coming weeks are going to be dominated by stories of a transfer merrygoround.
The ride involves Liverpool, Barcelona, Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago Alcantara.
The theory goes that one transfer will beget the other. When the Reds land Thiago, Barca will land Gini, or vice versa.
Ronald Koeman is said to have made Barcelona signing Wijnaldum a ‘priority‘. Whilst Liverpool have a well documented interest in Thiago.
Another Liverpool victory over Barcelona
Liverpool are thought to be stalling on a move for Thiago for two reasons: a stacked midfield and Bayern’s asking price.
If Barcelona give us the money for Thiago and free up space at the same time then we can chalk it up as yet another victory over the Blaugrana.
This, of course, depends on us getting a suitable fee for Gini Wijnaldum and agreeing sensible terms with Bayern for Thiago.
With Michael Edwards overseeing the deals we can rest assured that things will work out in our favour, he hasn’t put a foot wrong in the transfer market in years.
As sentimental as we want to be, it’s hard to argue that Thiago wouldn’t be an upgrade on Wijnaldum. Fingers crossed we pull it off.