This summer Liverpool pursued plenty of players that in the end they failed to get hold of, but these were excellent targets who would have undoubtedly have improved their squad.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who instead went to Borussia Dortmund; Bernard, who left Atletico Mineiro for Shakhtar Donetsk in the end and of course Diego Costa, who stayed at Atletico Madrid and has now become one of the world’s most in form attackers.
So this would suggest that Brendan Rodgers felt his team were short of one more attacking option and now with Iago Aspas out injured and Philippe Coutinho also on the side-lines you can see what he meant.
And one player they have been linked with pursuing in January is Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore.
The Argentine is now quite some way down the pecking order for his country, after struggling to crack the first-team at PSG.
With a World Cup approaching, fast, he knows he needs regular football in order to obtain a place in Brazil next summer.
And with Liverpool, Fenerbahce and reportedly Arsenal all said to be keen, he is likely to get his wish.
And it is not as if his current club are making him feel welcome, I mean consider this report from L’Equipe today.
They suggest that before PSG pasted Bastia 4-0 in a Ligue 1 match last week Pastore was denied entry to his own stadium.
Pastore, who was unavailable for selection through injury anyway, may have cost Les Parisiens €42 million back in 2011 but it was obviously not a fact well known by one over-zealous security officer - who did not recognise the player and refused him entry to his seat for the game.
In the end, they report that a member of PSG staff came down and escorted the player to his seat, but he must have been feeling rotten throughout the game after this indiscretion.
Imagine if it was Zlatan who was refused the entry to his seat … somebody would have got roundhoused …
So if Liverpool were unsure of how unappreciated the Argentine international is in the French capital, here is a fine example.
Is Pastore a good option for Liverpool?
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