Liverpool and Manchester City look ready to go to the wire in the race for the Premier League title. It is neck and neck at the top of the table and either Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola’s men would be deserving champions.
Tottenham Hotspur, briefly, looked like they could be challengers. However, their thin squad impacted greatly on their chances. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now battling for a top-four spot.
However, if Liverpool had got their hands on one of Tottenham’s current crop in the summer, surely the league title would be wrapped up by now.
The player in question is Heung-min Son and 10 months ago Liverpool were linked with his signature.
After impressive World Cup performances and with his contract expiring in 2020, Sport1 in Germany suggested he was open to a move with Liverpool one of the favourites to sign him. They even suggested a transfer fee in the region of €70 million (£61m). Considering Jurgen Klopp would have known of Son from his early days in the Bundesliga at Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, the story made sense.
Since then Son has had his best season in English football. With 20 goals and 10 assists from 43 appearances, the South Korean has proven his immense talent under Pochettino.
If Liverpool had him backing up the already formidable front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, then Liverpool might have tied up the Premier League title already this season.
A few weeks after the links, Son signed a new deal until 2023 at Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham fans will, therefore, rest easy that Son is unlikely to jump ship this summer, as much as Liverpool might want to have him. Maybe he can be pivotal in their own title hunt in 2019-20.