Liverpool were recently linked with one of the most bizarre transfer sagas of the January window.
Reports from Spain, as per The Guardian indicated that Sergio Ramos could make a surprise move to Anfield.
Even at 34, the nine-time Champions League and La Liga-winning defender is amongst the best in the world. Still, the prospect of Jurgen Klopp adding Ramos to Liverpool’s defensive ranks seemed highly unlikely, to say the least.
There is no questioning that the Reds would benefit from some centre back cover in the January window. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all injured, after all.
In the case of Ramos, links with the Reds stem from his contractual situation at the Bernabéu. The Spanish international is out of contract this summer, after all, and Real must sell this month or risk losing him for free in July.
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Romano and Pearce on Ramos to Liverpool
But reputable journalists Fabrizio Romano and James Pearce have quickly put such rumours to bed.
Romano, speaking with GiveMeSport, has claimed that Ramos is still very much ‘in love’ with Los Blancos and is intent on staying in Madrid beyond the summer.
He said: “He wants to stay at Real Madrid. He wants to stay but he wants a two-year contract and Real Madrid, they’re offering always one-year contracts.
“Sergio has the dream of playing in the new Bernabeu, to be the first player, the first captain to be in the new and in the old Bernabeu. So he’s in love with the club.”
Pearce also weighed in on the speculation regarding Ramos and Liverpool.
In response, via The Athletic, he said: “Alaba is expected to sign for Real Madrid. LFC have no interest in Ramos. It’s a silly season with rumours currently.”
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It’s not exactly surprising to hear Ramos’ reported interested has been put out before the fire got out of control. The World Cup-winning defender doesn’t have the rosiest of relationships with Liverpool fans, after all.
He may be a talented defender, but Kopites don’t forget things too easily. Ramos’ antics in the 2018 Champions League final won’t be forgiven so lightly.
It’s certainly interesting to hear Pearce say Liverpool were never interested in signing Ramos in the slightest.
As such, it seems another rumour linking Liverpool with a high-profile defender has quickly bit the dust, then.
Pearce recently reported that Liverpool have no immediate plans to strengthen in the January window.
With that said, it seems unlikely that the Reds will flex their muscles financially this month. Pearce is as reliable as they come, after all.