Several reports are doing the rounds suggesting that the Ajax defender has completed a move to the Serie A giants, shortly after stating that he was interested in joining Liverpool.
Liverpool could well have dodged a bullet here because he’s proven himself to be the sort of professional that could have easily caused conflict with Brendan Rodgers.
It’s difficult to understand because the Ajax star has said various things throughout the season gave Anfield club hope; that he wasn’t going to decide until the end of the season and that he would jump at the chance to join the club.
One of the main qualities that Brendan Rodgers has branded across his entire squad at Anfield this season are the basic values of a high work rate and complete enthusiasm and respect for everything Liverpool.
Alderweireld has just pulled the wool over their eyes, which means he may not have got on very well with the various ideas and demands of Rodgers to toe the line in most aspects.
There is even a valid argument to suggest that the club doesn’t even need him as they head towards the summer transfer window with a large core of young players, perfectly able to help replace the outgoing Jamie Carragher, and there will be a number of other options for them this summer.
His presence in the Liverpool squad may have placed a great strain over these younger players, all competing for a place in the Liverpool first team and one or two could have quickly grown fatigued with things at the club with the addition of yet another defender.
Roma have seemingly done what Liverpool would have done, had they been seriously interested in him which is tying him down to an agreement before the scrum for his signature at the end of the season.
What that suggests is that Liverpool could have monitored the entire situation, seemingly being put off by the mixed messages he seemed to be giving on an almost weekly basis.
What Rodgers needs to get success at Anfield is the unquestioned loyalty of his players so there would have been no point in going after a player, who didn’t seem to believe in the club before he’d even set foot through the front door.
The effect of his mixed messages has now caused Liverpool an awful lot of wasted time if there was official or unofficial interest in their part in adding him to the squad.
At least this has come out before the end of the season, as opposed to it all going on in the middle of the summer transfer window which would have been even more of a blow to Rodgers.
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