Liverpool: Striker battle with Tottenham; "selling club" status confirmed; Bogdan error
According to the Mirror, Liverpool are set to do battle with Tottenham, Inter Milan and Torino for Argentinean forward Lucas Alario, who has a £15.2 million release clause. Reports claim that the Reds have already had a bid of £8.5 million turned down by his club, River Plate, but are determined to secure the signature of the promising 23-year-old.
Having scored twice in four games and notching eleven goals in twenty six games last season, Alario has proven to be a goalscorer in Argentina, though not the most prolific in South America. With a wealth of attacking options already at the club, it remains to be seen how likely it is that a deal for the forward will be completed in the face of such competition. Also capable of playing on the left, Alario could adapt and be flexible in Jurgen Klopp’s front line, but the German is already encountering problems in rotating his options up front.
Whilst most fans traditionally think of Liverpool as one of Europe’s biggest clubs and one of the most attractive for any player to sign for, stats confirm the club’s label as a “selling club”, with the club having received more in transfer fees than any other European club since 2010, claim Metro. This confirms what fans have criticised the club for since the likes of Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling have all secured moves away from the club for big fees to other European, and English, giants.
However, that is a harsh view of Liverpool’s transfer policy. It must be remembered that the club has recouped substantial fees for flops such as Christian Benteke, Andy Carroll and more, which also contribute to the figure and show the club avoiding losses on such players. Making profits on stars like Torres, Suarez and Sterling can also not be sniffed at, considering that the club has had little impact at the highest level in Europe since 2010, when the figures have been calculated for.
Whilst most fans would have spent Tuesday night watching the Champions League action, one of the highlighs of the night involved loan goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. Discarded by Jurgen Klopp and loaned to Wigan for the season after no club would take the Hungarian on a permanent basis, he has become first choice at the former Premier League club. On Tuesday however, his poor ball control gifted the ball to Norwich winger Jacob Murphy to tap into an empty net and give the Canaries a vital three points as they seek to return to the Premier League.
However, he wasn’t the only loan goalkeeper to make an error in midweek, with highly rated Danny Ward also conceding a sloppy late goal to give Brighton the lead as promotion candidates Huddersfield lost out. Ward featured in Euro 2016 for Wales and is very highly rated, having been praised by manager David Wagner, players and fans alike since joining the club, with all of them since backing the youngster to come back stronger than ever from his error.
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