All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
It was believed to be all-but-done, and yet Liverpool look set to miss out on midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan after his club Shakhtar Donetsk accepted an offer from Borussia Dortmund for the prolific Armenian.
Only that is not the whole story, with reports from Sky Germany suggesting the Reds had matched the bid. So it is either dead in the water, or as-you-were. Such is the befuddling nature of a transfer window.
Should Mkhitaryan move to Jurgen Klopp’s side he couldn’t be blamed. They did after all reach the final of last season’s Champions League. While his arrival – along with that of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – would go a long way to replacing the goals of Robert Lewandowski when he does eventually leave the club.
Another player Brendan Rodgers is reportedly keen to bring in is Valencia’s Aly Cissokho.
It is no secret that the manager has eyes for a new left-back, and after failing to lure Lucas Digne from France, Cissokho could be the man to take over from Jose Enrique.
Rodgers is hoping a bid in the region of £4million will be enough to secure the 25-year-old French international.
One defender who could be on his way out of the club – if only temporarily – is Andre Wisdom. The 20-year-old has played predominantly at right-back for the Reds, but rumoured loan club Wigan intend to play him at centre-back, with Rodgers keen for the player to be a regular starter.
New arrival Simon Mignolet has spoken about the competition to be the club’s number one 'keeper.
“Competition can only make you as an individual better and let you perform better,” he said, “it can only be a positive thing.”
Reflecting humbly on his circumstances since his £10million move from Sunderland, the Belgian referred not just to Pepe Reina but to all the goalkeepers at Anfield.
Whether Luis Suarez begins next season at Liverpool at all remains to be seen. But former Red Jan Molby believes it is time to sell the Uruguayan striker.
“The last thing you want is an unhappy player and Liverpool know that,” Molby said.
“If that’s how he feels, the club has to do the business.”
With clubs both here and abroad linked with a move for Suarez, should the Reds sell it will surely not be to a domestic rival.
And finally, Liverpool’s best piece of transfer business for this and many summers could be the return of Xabi Alonso – if only Rodgers can convince his board that age is just a number.
Club owner John W Henry is said to have a policy of not signing players over 30, but at just 31, the Real Madrid midfielder would be an outstanding addition to the Reds.
With a reported fee of £10million, it is quite an outlay for a player with little sell-on value. And yet Alonso is quite a player.
And the truth is where some see only a fee, others see bargains and what they inevitably bring.
image: © Jan S0l0
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