Liverpool are not interested in signing Lille defender Sven Botman, according to reports. Anfield officials were left baffled that there were suggestions talks had begun between the two clubs.
That’s what The Athletic claims. They believe that Liverpool’s name was being used to drive up the price for the 20-year-old centre-back.
As such, it seems unlikely that Liverpool will sign a centre-back in January. The number of contrasting transfer reports indicate that the Reds do not have an active defensive target.
Liverpool pride themselves on long-term planning, after all. The continuous links regarding potential targets showcase the club are still yet to find someone who ticks all the boxes.
False reports regarding Botman and Liverpool
In the case of Botman, it’s a transfer saga that has drawn similar comparisons to that of the Nicolas Pepe saga in 2019.
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Pepe, 25, also with Lille at the time, was extensively linked with a move to Anfield. There were even reports that sporting director Michael Edwards made direct contact with the player regarding a transfer. Such notions proved to be untrue.
Indeed, Pepe never did become a Liverpool player. Instead, he made the decision to join Arsenal in a £72 million [The Athletic] that same summer.
The Athletic reaffirm that a similar situation has transpired in regards to reports linking Botman to Anfield. They confirm that Liverpool have ‘zero interest’ in the player.
Such reports are beginning to become a concern for Liverpool. They indicate that the Reds have formalised a January transfer strategy when clearly they haven’t.
As a result, too much emphasis has been placed on Liverpool looking towards the market for an immediate solution.
The reality is that at present, an ideal defensive candidate isn’t on the market. If there was then Liverpool would have zero trepidation in pursuing a move.
The acquisition of Virgil van Dijk proves as such. If Liverpool want a player they consider a prime target, they will pull out all the stops. The Reds were made to patiently wait before they could get a deal for Van Dijk over the line, after all.
With that said, supporters should trust the strategy Klopp and his officials are set to put in place. If the manager continues to uphold his trust in the options currently made available to him, then so should we.