Liverpool never truly considered signing Sokratis, according to reports, despite an offer to them. The reason? It’s ‘perfect’ or nothing.
Liverpool appeared to have a chance at Sokratis. Fabrizio Romano claimed last week that there was an offer from the Greek’s side, sounding out if the Reds would want him.
The Athletic then backed that up, saying there had been contact between the two camps. It all came to nothing, of course, as Sokratis joined Olympiacos this week.
And now Romano says that Liverpool never truly considered Sokratis, despite the offer.
“[Sokratis] was really a possibility for Liverpool – like, offered,” he told his Here We Go Podcast. “But Liverpool never considered him the perfect player.
“So they say ‘we sign the perfect centre-back or nothing’. They decided to go for ‘nothing’.”
What RTK has to say
This is an incredibly risky approach. Liverpool are assuming they can perform without their first and second-choice centre-halves and perform to a standard that competes for the title.
On current form, they don’t look capable of competing for the Top 4.
We’ve written before on what’s at stake. If Liverpool do drop out of the Champions League spots, they’ll miss out on the money and credibility that delivers those ‘perfect’ signings.
Yet, they’re apparently willing to take that chance. It seems to be a position that feels Liverpool’s form over November and December was the fair reflection of this squad’s capabilities.
Rather than the five games without a win, four games without a goal stretch they’re currently on in the Premier League.
So we’ll have to see if they’re right or not.
Do we think Sokratis would have been a game-changer? Not necessarily. He wasn’t good enough for Arsenal, after all, and has sunk all the way down to Olympiacos.
But he was more likely to be one than the ‘nothing’ Liverpool opted for. And he was free, while also knowing Jurgen Klopp’s style from their time at Borussia Dortmund.
This was Liverpool going all-in on their current squad. They had their chance at a no-cost signing but turned it down.
Now we just have to really, really, hope they got this decision right.