Liverpool staff members reportedly think Chelsea have overspent for Romeo Lavia, with the Blues paying close to £60m for the Belgian midfielder.
According to the Liverpool Echo, senior figures at Anfield believe the 19-year-old talent did not command a fee Southampton ultimately received for Lavia, with the Reds failing in their bid to sign the teenager.
Liverpool had three bids rejected for Lavia as the Merseyside club refused to meet Southampton’s £50n asking price, with Chelsea eventually coming in and landing Lavia for a deal worth £58m.
With Chelsea also signing Moises Caicedo amid interest from Liverpool, landing Lavia felt like a second gut-punch to the Reds in their bid to add to their midfield.
However, this update seems to suggest that Liverpool are not too fussed about missing out on the former Manchester City midfielder given the fee Chelsea ended up paying earlier this month.
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Indeed, although a case can be made that Liverpool were right to not overspend for Lavia, £50m on a player who could have starred for the Reds could have been a bargain in years to come.
Liverpool might soon regret not signing Lavia
Lavia joining Chelsea too many by surprise given how little the midfielder might actually play for the Blues with Caicedo now on their books, with Liverpool the obvious best club for the youngster.
And the Reds might soon realise that they should have gone all-out to sign Lavia, who alongside Wataru Endo could have been a dream addition.
Whilst there is a legitimate reason the Anfield side didn’t buckle to Southampton’s demands, there’s a good chance that Lavia would have flourished at Liverpool if given the chance.