Liverpool rejected the chance to sign Florian Neuhaus in the transfer window, according to reports. We think of three possible reasons they’d turn down an absolute bargain.
The Sunday Mirror (05/09, p62) claims Liverpool had a chance to sign Florian Neuhaus in the transfer window. They would only have had to pay £21m, too, which is a fantastic fee.
We’re talking about a German international with years of Bundesliga experience, after all. Neuhaus is a very gifted player and one who will likely make a big move at some point.
So why would Liverpool say no? We think up three potential reasons.
Bigger plans afoot
As we wrote here, it may well be that Liverpool already have eyes on another midfielder. We’re not 100% sure who that could be but there are certainly options out there.
And it wouldn’t make sense to sign Neuhaus if there’s an ideal target in mind. You’d spend money on a player you don’t necessarily rate as highly, taking up a place in the squad and making your preferred signing harder to justify.
If this is the case, we’d absolutely back Liverpool’s decision.
Liverpool had a strategy in the transfer window, says Fabrizio Romano. They wanted to make sure squad players moved on before spending on new talent.
And that apparently cost them Patson Daka. The Reds didn’t sell Xherdan Shaqiri or Divock Origi in time and lost out to Leicester City. In fact, Liverpool never got a bid in despite their interest.
It could be a similar situation here. Liverpool may well have waited too long or told Borussia Monchengladbach that they needed to wait for money that may or may not arrive.
Shaqiri left so late in the window, in fact, that Gladbach may not have fancied it by then.
And if this is the reason – as with Daka – then we think it’s a big mistake.
Faith in youth
Another option could be that Liverpool don’t want to block potential pathways. They have two incredibly talented young midfielders in their squad, after all.
Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott could both become stars. Liverpool won’t want to jeopardise that and each appears set for a big role this season.
Singing Neuhaus doesn’t make any sense if that’s the thinking. Jones and Elliott may well be on the German’s level by the end of the season, for one.
Their homegrown statuses make the duo a lot more valuable, too, on top of their incredible talent. Making the most of Jones and Elliott may well be the priority over any signing.