Liverpool news History repeating itself for Liverpool after Benitez missed signing MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Rafa Benitez ran into transfer trouble at Liverpool after an unfortunate Champions League draw
Breaking News ! With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez likely to be sidelined until the end of the season, calls for Liverpool to sign a new centre-back were never going to quieten in January. Nearing the halfway point in the winter transfer window and, despite Jurgen Klopp's insistence that it was highly-unlikely that he would boost his squad this month, the Reds continue to be linked with a plethora of centre-backs. Such has been the severity of Liverpool's defensive crisis this season, it is understandable why they are linked with new defenders with such persistence despite the club's claims that no-one will be signing in January. Afterall, third-choice centre-back Joel Matip is particularly fragile, Fabinho has spent the majority of the campaign playing out of position and youngsters Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio are raw talents with limited experience of senior football, never mind the standards demanded by the reigning Premier League champions. But the club's stance is equally understandable with Klopp never one to look for a short-term fix, keen to not find himself overrun with options when his injured defenders are available once more. Read More Related Articles Liverpool have the same problem as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus Read More Related Articles Liverpool's 'little Lionel Messi' stuns fans again as he continues development A summer move for a centre-back appears far more likely a time for Liverpool to pursue a natural replacement for Dejan Lovren, following his summer move to Zenit St. Petersburg. Dayot Upamecano is one player who continues to be linked with the Reds regardless, with reports claiming he has a £38m release clause in his RB Leipzig contract next summer. But despite such a clause seemingly making a move for the 22-year-old far more viable at the end of the season, impatient fans and pundits alike continue to urge Klopp to act now in the transfer market, with the Frenchman one of the most mentioned names as a possible defensive solution. And Leipzig have done little to quell suggestions of a possible departure with CEO Oliver Mintzlaff admitting they will continue to sell their top players in the future. "We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality," he said recently. "So we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view. Must-read Liverpool FC news Man City truth about title race Man Utd make Maguire decision Crouch apologises for cup draw LFC set for Nike boost "When I think of Werner, [Matheus] Cunha, [Naby] Keita or [Diego] Demme, we’ve already made a lot of money and still made progress in terms of the sporting side. "Overall, we have invested a lot in our team, no question about that. But look: the current squad had a market value of less than €250 million when the individual players made their debut. "And if we now take the current market value, we are at around €550 million. You have to take this plus of over €300 million into account when you talk about investments. We are creating value with our path.
. Liverpool have done business with RB Leipzig before, afterall, signing Naby Keita in the summer of 2018, having agreed a transfer 12-months earlier.
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Meanwhile, Takumi Minamino joined from sister club Red Bull Salzburg, while Sadio Mane also emerge from the Red Bull family in Austria. But such a relationship is unlikely to be any help to Klopp in January, regardless of whether the Reds were in a position to conclude such a deal this month. And that's because the two sides are set to lock horns in the Champions League round-of-16 next month. Such a scenario has cost Liverpool from making January signings before with Rafa Benitez previously revealing the Reds were in negotiations to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Bayer Leverkusen in 2004/05, only for the Bundesliga club to change their stance when the two sides were drawn against each other in the round-of-16. As quoted by the Mirror, the Spaniard explained: "We knew about Berbatov before we played them in 2005, I'd been aware of him since I was in Valencia. He was a player were were looking at closely. "Everybody can see the quality he has and we wanted him, but then the draw with Leverkusen came along and we couldn't get him. It is shame but we had to move on." In the past, players who had played in the Champions League qualifiers or group-stages for one club would be unable to feature for their new club in the knock-out stages should they move on in January. Fernando Morientes and Mauricio Pellegrino both fell foul of this rule after moving to Anfield in January 2005, missing out winners' medals in Istanbul as a result. However, the cup-tied rule was scrapped ahead of the 2018/19 season, meaning despite helping Leipzig qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, Upamecano could hypothetically face former team-mates and help knock them out of the competition just weeks later should he move to Liverpool. As such, any January move for the France international was likely to have fallen even further off the negotiating table as soon as Liverpool and Leipzig learnt their Champions League fates. Instead, Klopp will have to keep a close eye on his latest rumoured target, hoping Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino can cause Upamecano problems before deciding whether he's someone he wants to pursue next summer, after welcoming both Van Dijk and Gomez back into the fold.
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