Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to reports. Jurgen Klopp has previously ruled out the possibility of the Reds making any additions this month.
This comes from Fabrizio Romano. Speaking on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, the journalist claimed that Liverpool were presented with an opportunity to land the 90-capped Greece international.
Romano on Sokratis
Romano claims that Liverpool are yet to decide whether or not they will pursue a deal in the January window, however.
“He was offered to Liverpool too, you know that?” said Romano. “Liverpool were looking for an opportunity and he was offered to Liverpool, but at the moment he’s not an option.
“Yes, also he could be an opportunity, he was an opportunity because he was offered.
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“But at the moment Liverpool have not decided whether they’re signing a centre-back or not, they’re still in the middle of the situation, so nothing has been decided.”
Sokratis, 32, has become a periphial figure under Mikel Arteta this season. The former Borussia Dortmund star has failed to clock up a single Premier League appearance in 2020/21, after all.
He wasn’t registered this season either, with the likes of Gabriel, David Luiz, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari all higher in the Spaniard’s defensive pecking order.
As a result, Sokratis is on the lookout for another team and given Liverpool’s defensive needs, the former AC Milan star has been linked.
Sokratis arrived in north-London from Dortmund back in 2018 and has played 69 times for the Gunners.
The podcast adds that although Sokratis has been offered to Liverpool, this doesn’t necessarily suggest that his former manager Jurgen Klopp is interested.
The Reds boss has maintained his determination to solve Liverpool’s defensive crisis via internal solutions within the squad.
Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have deputised in recent weeks, while Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have been called upon, too.
Also, there is the fact that Sokratis isn’t currently good enough to break into Arsenal’s squad. As a result, it seems unlikely Klopp would jeopardise the development of Williams and Phillips to pursue such a move.
So, while Liverpool are still yet to identify a sustainable defensive solution, it seems very unlikely that Sokratis will be Klopp’s answer.
As we’ve already established, Liverpool pride themselves on sticking to a clear strategy and long-term thinking. They don’t entertain quick-fixes. If the Reds can’t get what they want, they will sit tight until they can.
Unsurprisingly, a number supporters share Klopp’s diplomatic philosophy amid reports concerning Sokratis.
Here is what a selection of Kopites had to say on the rumours concerning Liverpool and the Arsenal defender…