Liverpool were strongly linked with a €9 million move for Benfica star Ola John last month as Brendan Rodgers mulled over options to come in and improve the attacking element of the midfield.
The Premier League high flyers passed on doing a deal for the 21-year-old winger who joined Hamburg on loan for the rest of the season and it appears to be a good decision from Rodgers.
John has just been publicly criticised by Hamburg’s sporting director, Oliver Kreuzer, who confessed to expecting much more from the midfielder when he arrived from the Portuguese giants.
“We expected much more from Ola John, he has given very little,” Kreuzer is quoted by Portuguese outlet A Bola.
A little harsh considering the youngster has featured in only four Bundesliga games since he made the move, with two of his appearances coming as a substitute.
Hamburg went for him as an option to help them fight off relegation down to the second tier of English football and based on these comments, Rodgers deserves praise for not panicking and bringing in a player who could well have flopped at Anfield.
Liverpool are pressing forward towards a unique position where they can end the season with some silverware and guaranteed Champions League football for next season.
That will make them a more attractive proposition to much higher profile players allowing them to attract greater quality, which will only improve things at Anfield even further.
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