Liverpool can almost certainly rule out any move for Aaron Long. This comes after reports the Reds wanted the American defender.
ESPN reported yesterday that Liverpool were looking at RB New York defender Aaron Long. They’d want a loan deal for the 28-year-old.
It was a rumour that came out of nowhere – Long is hardly a big name in the game. In fact, the 28-year-old only has three top-flight seasons to his name, all coming in MLS.
That’s not the type of player you typically see linked with Liverpool. Still, it was understandable – needs must and Liverpool are in a bad position.
Fabinho and Joel Matip are now out, leaving Jurgen Klopp without his first four preferred options at the back. Liverpool now want support and Long may have been able to provide that.
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But it now appears we can rule out the possiblity.
Jeffrey Carlisle, a reporter for ESPN, reported on Twitter that US National Team boss Gregg Berhalter confirmed he will start Long tomorrow.
The US face Trinidad and Tobago late on Sunday evening.
Playing halfway across the world so late in the day makes it highly unlikely that Liverpool will be able to finalise any sort of deal by Monday.
We feel this effectively rules out the idea of Long playing for Liverpool this season. Getting a deal done would be too awkward and you’d imagine the Reds would already have things in motion if it were to happen.
But Long playing tomorrow suggests they don’t.
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There was a hint yesterday that this was the case. The Telegraph put out a report claiming that Liverpool had dismissed several links to players yesterday – and we’d imagine Long was one of those.
He was one of the more prominent suggestions yesterday, after all.
And it’s hardly surprising that Liverpool won’t move for him. Long doesn’t feel like any more of a viable option than Nat Phillips – arguably less so.
He’s certainly never played at a standard as high as the Premier League.
This one, then, feels safe to rule out.