Liverpool should take advantage of Southampton’s interest in order to address Jurgen Klopp’s major transfer dilemma.
Liverpool’s former Southampton midfielder isn’t in Jurgen Klopp’s plans and has been linked with a loan transfer back to the south coast.
Michael Edwards was elevated to Liverpool’s sports director post in November 2016, and it’s no wonder that his hiring coincided with the Reds winning the English and European titles within three years of his arrival.
Edwards has rarely been questioned for his conduct, despite having commissioned the sales of a variety of players, ranging from key individuals like Phillipe Coutinho to youngsters like Rhian Brewster.
Even the finest in the industry, though, can make mistakes from time to time. There’s a Naby Keita and a Georginio Wijnaldum for every Dominic Solanke and Rhian Brewster.
That’s not to imply Wijnaldum was a bad choice; far from it. However, the Dutchman’s exit on a free transfer has damaged his tenure on Merseyside, placing a minor blemish on Edwards’ resume.
Wijnaldum was instrumental in Liverpool’s best run since the 1980s, not only scoring and assisting goals whenever he could, but also being the personification of Jurgen Klopp’s swashbuckling gegenpress, which he has established and excelled with at Anfield.
However, Liverpool has a stringent policy on contracts offered to over-30s for reasons unknown to anyone outside of the Anfield boardroom.
And because Wijnaldum fit into this group, he was unable to reach an agreement with Edwards and moved to Paris Saint-Germain last month.
However, after the loss of an obvious fan favorite, there is a chance to reclaim the fans. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined Liverpool for £35 million in August 2017, has mostly gone unnoticed at Anfield.
After a strong 2017-18 season in which he appeared in 42 games, a knee injury forced him out of Jurgen Klopp’s plans quickly.
So much so that Chamberlain only played in 17 games last season, with only one goal to show for his efforts at Burnley.
Even without Wijnaldum, the Englishman appears to be on his way out, with Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Keita, Jordan Henderson, and Curtis Jones ahead of him in the pecking order.
Despite playing in pre-season for Liverpool, a team is supposedly interested in him; none other than Southampton, the club where he grew up.
That is what talkSPORT claims. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”