The Athletic’s David Ornstein has provided a transfer update on reported Liverpool target Sven Botman. He’s been told by multiple sources that the Reds haven’t begun talks as of yet.
Speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman Podcast, he said Liverpool were determined to continue their title with the players currently available at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.
He did acknowledge the situation may change if Liverpool’s result were to deteriorate. The podcast was recorded before the Reds’ 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Monday night.
Host Mark Champman was quick to point out that Liverpool have been in this situation before, and have ended up making a signing.
“Sven Botman, there’s a lot of interest in him from multiple clubs,” said Ornstein.
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“I’ve also been told by a number of sources – not just Liverpool – that there is nothing concrete or advanced with Liverpool.
“Not now, and not necessarily going forward either. That can change. The consistent line from multiple people and not just the club is that Liverpool will hope to go with what they’ve got.
“They won’t be bringing in a centre-back right now and they’ll look to do it in the summer when planning is well under way. Things do change.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool’s reported pursuit of Botman is another example of a difficult January period for the club.
Ornstein’s latest reports tell us what we already know – Liverpool are content with what they have.
Rather, the case in point here is the market. It’s currently a very awkward one for Liverpool to buy in.
Liverpool have a number of determining factors that have to be met before a a signing can be considered pursuable. Coming in as cover during an injury crisis isn’t enough alone for the club to warrant a move.
The main difficulty is that Liverpool want long-term investment at a reasonable price.
If we had to make an early prediction? Liverpool won’t sign anyone this January window. The need and availability do not match up in the current market.
Sporting director Michael Edwards is a notoriously tough negotiator, after all. Liverpool will sacrifice the chance to sign cover if none of the viable candidates tick all the boxes.
Again, that’s just a guess. Circumstances could still change and certain factors could indeed push Liverpool towards Botman. After all, he’s available for just £15m according to The Mirror.
For now, however, Klopp will have to continue conjuring up internal solutions to Liverpool’s recent injury crisis.
Only time will tell whether the Reds choose to dip into the market.