It’s not often the chance to make the move to Liverpool comes around. Romain Saiss, then, could be forgiven for having to catch his breath with reports in Moroccan outlet Liberacion reported on Tuesday that the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder had emerged as a surprise January target for Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
If an offer does arrive, it’s fair to say Saiss has a difficult decision to make. On one hand, Liverpool would offer the Moroccan international the chance to play at the very top of the Premier League – as well as the Champions League provided The Reds qualify for the knockout stages.
And, as a natural defensive midfielder renowned for his ball winning abilities, Saiss is exactly the type of player Liverpool are missing – someone who can protect their shaky defence.
But, for argument’s sake, why would anyone want to leave Wolves right now – even for a club with the stature of Liverpool? Wolves may be a Championship team but surely not for much longer with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side cruising at the top of the second tier.
With the backing of Chinese investors Fosun International and the connections of super-agent Jorge Mendes giving the club access to genuinely top class talent like Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves, Wolves are set up to succeed and can lay claim to arguably the most exciting project in English football.
And Saiss, who has started 14 of Wolves’ Championship games so far this season, is set to play an integral role at the beginning of a potentially defining era for one of England’s sleeping giants.
This should be at the front of his mind, even as Liverpool plan their move.