Liverpool have been plagued by injures all season. It seems their inescapable curse has transcended to reported transfer targets, too. An injury to Mohamed Simakan effectively rules out any possibility of a January move.
Telefoot’s Julien Maynard made the report this week that the English champions liked the look of Simakan. The 20-year-old was also being targeted by RB Leipzig and AC Milan, according to reports.
The curse continues
The in-demand versatile defender sustained a knee injury during a Ligue 1 clash with fellow French outfit Lens on Sunday. The report states that Simakan could be ruled out for more than two months.
With that said, this dismisses any previous notions of a potential transfer. Simakan could be out until the latter stages of the season, after all.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp has already claimed that dipping into the transfer market this month was unlikely. However, given Simakan’s age, experience and relatively moderate price-tag, there was a cause for Liverpool to pursue a deal.
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Sky Sports claimed it would take a fee of £18m for his club-side Strasbourg to entertain a deal.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case as Liverpool’s baron luck with injuries seemingly stretching to reported targets, too.
It seems Klopp and his Reds just cannot catch a break at present. To make matters worse, Joel Matip is still a major concern going into Sunday’s gargantuan encounter with Manchester United, as per The Mirror.
As a result, Liverpool desperately need cover. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could both miss the rest of the season, after all.
It really is a ridiculous situation. Simakan’s recent setback, then, limits the number of options Liverpool have to explore in the transfer market.
This latest setback follows Fabrizio Romano’s recent announcement that Dayot Upamecano will not be leaving Leipzig until the summer. That’s another viable option out the window, then.
Reaction to Simakan injury
It seems Klopp’s suggestions of resisting the temptation to rely on the transfer market for alternatives wasn’t so far fetched, after all.
Maybe the Liverpool boss was just ahead of the game as the Reds’ injury curse throughout 2020/21 continues to crescendo.
Understandably, Kopites are feeling the pain of another reported physical setback this term.
Here are what a number of Liverpool supporters had to say on the matter…