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Silly Season – Analysing some of the less likely transfers of the summer for Klopp’s men

Just under two weeks ago, the English summer transfer window opened and as a result, many news and social media platforms became awash with transfer rumours.

Long gone are the days of failed deadline day swoops for Carlton Cole (thankfully) and for the first time in a while, it feels like we have a summer of potential business we can truly look forward to.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the more unlikely transfers the Reds have been linked to this summer, as well as reasons why I believe they won’t happen.

Sami Khedira

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Last month The Mirror posted an article stating that Sami Khedira was keen on a move to the Premier League, and that Liverpool were indeed potential suitors for the 31-year-old World Cup winner.

Why this move won’t happen

While there is no doubting Khedira’s pedigree, I simply don’t see him as a fit for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side. In Germany’s 1-0 defeat by Mexico on Sunday, Khedira was badly exposed by the pace of the opposition, and spent much of the afternoon chasing shadows.

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Liverpool have already strengthened in the German’s allotted position this summer with the signing of Fabinho, and I simply don’t see another defensive midfielder being Klopp’s top priority.

Alex McCarthy

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Another link from The Mirror, this time an article reporting that Liverpool were keen on the signing of Southampton’s goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Why this move won’t happen

Liverpool need a goalkeeper. Southampton have a goalkeeper. Let’s put two and two together shall we?

Yes, in the opinion of many fans, we do need a new first choice goalkeeper. Big names such as Alisson Becker and Jan Oblak have been linked, but there is a massive gulf in class between these two and the 28-year-old McCarthy.

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While McCarthy impressed for Southampton in the latter part of last season, he has spent much of his career as a backup goalkeeper, and the likelihood is that Fraser Forster will reclaim his number one spot for the Saints when the season starts in August.

You must ask yourself, is McCarthy really an upgrade on Karius? Personally, I’m not sure he is, and I don’t see Klopp bringing another stopper unless he’s a considerable improvement on what we already have.

Jack Wilshere

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Next up is a report from the Liverpool Echo in March of this year, stating that, as per The Mirror, Liverpool were monitoring Jack Wilshere’s contract situation at Arsenal with keen interest.

Why this move won’t happen

Jack Wilshere is a talented footballer, of that there is no question; however, he does not have the nickname “Jack Wheelchair” for nothing.

The English midfielder has spent a large portion of his Arsenal career on the sidelines, and has been mocked regularly for his poor injury record. 2017-18 was the first season since the beginning of the 26-year-old’s career that he stayed injury free, however he only managed 20 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, and was used as no more than a squad player.

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Jürgen Klopp’s high-energy pressing game isn’t for everyone, and I certainly don’t believe that Wilshere would cope with the training regimen put in place by the German tactician. The likelihood is that Wilshere is also looking for first-team football since announcing his imminent departure from Arsenal, and in this case Liverpool really isn’t the place for him.

Robert Lewandowski

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Only this week the Daily Star suggested that Liverpool could be a possible destination for Robert Lewandowski, should he leave Bayern.

Why this move won’t happen

Klopp has a habit of being linked with former players by the press, as recent links to Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic will justify. One transfer I really don’t see happening, though, is that of 29-year-old Polish hitman Lewandowski.

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While Lewandowski’s goalscoring prowess cannot be disputed, the Bayern star turns 30 in August and would demand to be the first name on the teamsheet of any potential suitors. In this current Liverpool side, I simply don’t see him ousting Roberto Firmino and becoming our first-choice centre forward.

“Lewa” would also command a significant transfer fee and weekly wage, and for someone who wouldn’t be guaranteed to start in this Liverpool team, I simply don’t see it happening.

Yaya Toure

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Finally, In May the Express picked up on a tweet from former Liverpool wide-man David Thompson, stating that The Reds had agreed a deal to sign Yaya Toure from Manchester City.

Why this move won’t happen

Where do I start with this?

Toure is undoubtedly a Manchester City legend, however his age and pace (or lack thereof) have seen his City appearances reduced to a minimum over the last couple of seasons. Throughout 2017-18, the Ivorian only appeared 15 times for the Premier League winners across all competitions, nine of these coming from the bench.

Toure, now 35 years old, has often been criticised for his laziness and defensive contribution, and this is not something I can see improving greatly in the twilight of his career.

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Toure’s attitude has also been questioned on occasion, and he has been involved in numerous high profile spats including a ridiculous fall out regarding a birthday cake and recent accusations of racism against City boss Pep Guardiola.

I think it’s safe to say we can file this one under “will not happen” as Toure seems to exhibit the exact behaviour and traits that Klopp would avoid when targeting a player.

Do you believe that any of these transfers could happen? Let us know in the comments below

 

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