Liverpool were believed to be in the market for a holding midfielder in January, what with Lucas Leiva’s injury and a dearth of options in this role to begin with.
Udinese man Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu’s name was thrown about as a potential solution, whilst Inler – who Rafael Benitez had wanted during his Anfield tenure – was tipped for a Merseyside switch.
Reports suggested that Brendan Rodgers’ side could look to take advantage of Napoli’s need for a central defender and offer Daniel Agger in return.
No such deal ever materialised as the Partenopei opted to keep the Swiss international – leaving Liverpool to see out the transfer window without reinforcements.
And Inler’s agent has now revealed that offers came flying in for his client in January, but didn’t receive much consideration.
“In January, a number of clubs contacted me, but I immediately refused and I didn’t even report the interest to Napoli,” Dino Lamberti told Radio CRC.
“He did not want to leave the Azzurri and has never entertained the idea of a departure. What’s important is that the club and the coach have confidence in him.”
It’s distinctly possible that Liverpool were amongst those that got in touch with Lamberti, considering that a move was mooted and the club had a need for his services.
Inler would’ve suited the Reds rather well – a strong tackler with loads of stamina, he boasts a fine long ball and gets forward to make use of a powerful shot from distance as well.
The issue, apparently, was looking in the wrong place. If the Swiss’ agent was so quick to fight off enquiries, clearly there wasn’t much chance of taking him on to begin with.
Was Inler another miss for Liverpool in a January transfer campaign marked by a lack of success?
Potentially so – though it looks that if the Reds did pursue him, they didn’t get very far.
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