Liverpool could have brought Marcos Llorente to the Premier League before he swapped Real Madrid for city and La Liga rivals Atletico.
Liverpool are pretty well stocked in every position apart from left-back right now.
And the Champions of Europe are particular strong at centre-half and in defensive midfield. Jurgen Klopp can call upon Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, the improving Dejan Lovren and the critically underrated Joel Matip to start at the heart of his backline – and that’s without mentioning highly-rated Dutchmen Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp Van der Berg.
Liverpool are not short of options at the heart of midfield either. The fact that Jordan Henderson and James Milner often struggled for game-time last season speaks volumes about the performances of Brazil international Fabinho.
So while some Liverpool fans might be getting itchy feet wondering why there has barely been a sniff of a big-money signing this summer, Marcos Llorente just wasn’t a player they needed.
Speaking to Cadena Ser, the 24-year-old’s agent and uncle Julio Llorente has claimed that Liverpool turned down the chance to sign the versatile Spaniard before his controversial, £36 million move from Real Madrid to city rivals Atletico.
“I contacted several clubs to let them know what had happened, the conversation that Zidane and Marcos had had, one of which was Liverpool,” he said. “But Marcos’s (position) was covered and it was not a priority.”
And the fans are willing to back this decision to the hilt. Liverpool just don’t make mistakes in the transfer market anymore and this looks like another correct decision.
Do not need him. The adaptation to the PL is a big one, and as good as he is, so many CB do not make the grade. I’ll say something controversial now, I do not think De Ligt would have been right either – his slow turn of foot would have been exposed, as good as he is.
— Raakesh Savji Parmar (@Raakwork) June 27, 2019
Fair decision tbh. Marcos Llorente is a quality player, but I don’t see where he fits in at the moment, and it would a redundant signing with Fabinho occupying his position.
— Greven (@grev2000) June 26, 2019
Thank god for that €40m for him would have been stupid
— theba301 (@theba301) June 26, 2019
I ageee & that’s the reason I believe we won’t try for Ndombele for example. Very good player but at those amounts not needed.
Need to go all out on versatile attackers.
— DanielHit (@DanielHit58) June 26, 2019
Already have Fabinho and Henderson to cover that position
— Pinal Kachhadia (@KloppoMagic) June 26, 2019
It was the position that wasn’t considered a priority not the player
— AbuEmaad (@vonkide) June 27, 2019