Liverpool squandered a golden transfer opportunity to close the gap on Manchester City.
Liverpool currently trail Manchester City by 11 points in the Premier League.
Liverpool is currently in third place in the Premier League, 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City, despite having two games in hand.
The expectation was that this season’s title race would be the tightest in years, and that could have been the case if the Reds had been more aggressive in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s team has been impressive at times this season, but they have blundered far too often recently.
Their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Diogo JotaRoberto Firmino have been near-flawless this season, tearing up defenses and demonstrating that each of them is one of the best attackers in the league.
The midfield, on the other hand, has caused Klopp the most problems.
When the Reds were successful in previous years, they dominated games in the middle of the park and kept their defense safe for the majority of games, but that is no longer the case.
The obvious split between midfield and attack is a source of concern for Reds fans, and the club’s refusal to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined PSG on a free transfer, is costing them money.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool turned down a like-for-like midfielder in Lille’s Renato Sanches, who could have solved Klopp’s team’s current problems.
“Renato Sanches has always been on the list of Liverpool, he’s a player that they’ve been scouting, he’s a player that they appreciate,” Romano told Anfield Watch.
“It wasn’t a done deal in the summer,” says the author.
They were interested, but never made an official proposal to Lille because they didn’t like the £45 million price tag.
“Then he got injured, so the deal fell through, but they always had this name on their list, so Renato Sanches has always been appreciated by Liverpool and Arsenal, so there are a lot of clubs looking at him, including AC Milan in Italy.”
“We’ll see if they decide to get involved; it’s quiet right now, but he’s always been on Liverpool’s radar.”
Sanches would have been signed by Liverpool as the box to.
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