Liverpool can rule out Sokratis as an option this month as he officially signed for Olympiacos. The Reds reportedly made some contact.
Sokratis plays for Olympiacos now. The Greek defender penned a 36-month contract with his compatriots, having just left Arsenal.
That may feel like a blow to Liverpool. The Athletic reports that the Reds did enquire about Sokratis as a potential last-ditch option.
Jurgen Klopp worked with him at Borussia Dortmund, of course, meaning there was an easy connection there.
As for why Liverpool would want him – that’s quite obvious. They’re struggling for numbers at the back, frequently going into games without a single senior centre-half.
Sokratis, at 32, is a highly-experienced option, then. Or at least, he was. The fact he was free clearly made him an option to a plethora of clubs, including Olympiacos.
He’s off there and Liverpool must look elsewhere if they want a late signing.
What RTK has to say
Sokratis was never going to be a star signing. He could, however, have been something. Right now, that feels better than nothing.
At the end of the day, though, we’re talking about a player who Arsenal deemed not worth keeping. Or even selling, in fact – they just let him go for nothing.
Thus we can’t call this the biggest blow in the world. Sokratis would always be a long way down our list of hopes for the month.
Still, he was a free centre-half with Premier League, Serie A and Bundesliga experience. That’s not easy to find. We’re not surprised Liverpool enquired, then, even if it went nowhere.
We still hope Liverpool do make some sort of move in this window, though. It feels vital right now if they’re to turnaround their form into something consistently positive.
That could take a better player than Sokratis, though. In that sense, this one really isn’t too big a blow.