Liverpool are set to be thwarted by the same coach in the transfer market for the second summer running.
Former Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh is set to return to VFB Stuttgart this summer and he could give Liverpool a problem for the second summer running.
Veh aggressively approached the idea of Liverpool signing Carlos Zambrano from Frankfurt last summer, one of the best defenders for the 13th placed Bundesliga side.
He could now block any attempts from Brendan Rodgers to have another go at signing Alexandru Maxim, arguably Stuttgart’s best current attacking talent.
Reports suggested Liverpool were trying to do a deal for the 23-year-old earlier this season, but he stayed with Stuttgart where he scored seven goals and produced 12 assists in 29 Bundesliga games last season.
Veh is the sort of coach who is very protective of his players and while 11 of Maxim’s appearances came as a substitute last season, he’s likely to be given a chance to impress under the new coach.
Rodgers does need to make squad additions at Liverpool this summer because of the higher number of games the Anfield side will play next season.
Liverpool are also in a good position where Rodgers can use the club’s Champions League status to attract players all over Europe, attempting to lure them into Anfield switches.
However, Veh was very fast to shut down the Zambrano rumours last summer and he could be aggressive if Liverpool have another go at trying to sign Maxim.
It’s natural for any new manager to shut up shop as soon as he walks into a club, because the coach needs an idea of who he’s going to keep and who he’s going to sell.
Liverpool need to add players in several areas with a left-back, a left sided midfielder, a creative midfielder and another striker being the main objectives.
Rodgers reportedly switched his attention to Maxim when he failed to sign Mohamed Salah last winter and he’s bound to be impressed by the scouting reports which would have accumulated over the second half of the season.
However, whether he can win the tug of war is doubtful.