Liverpool have been linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot recently, but the Frenchman could be a disastrous addition to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
According to reports from Italy, the Reds are considering a swap deal for the France international this summer which could include either Naby Keita or Roberto Firmino.
While midfield reinforcements should arguably be a priority for Klopp this summer, especially if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ends up leaving Anfield, the club should avoid a move for the 27-year-old at all costs.
One of the main reasons for Liverpool’s success in recent years is the morale and atmosphere that Klopp has established both on and off the pitch, and Rabiot’s history suggests that he could well disturb the harmonious vibe.
During his time at Paris Saint-Germain, the 27-year-old was heavily criticised by sporting director Antero Henrique, as he was spotted partying just hours after their Champions League exit to Manchester United in 2019.
Henrique said of the now-Juventus player: “I find his attitude and lack of professionalism towards the club, his teammates and supporters unacceptable.”
The midfielder was also cited as one of the key issues in France’s Euro 2020 squad, while he also refused to go on a standby list for the 2018 World Cup after being left out of Didier Deschamps’ squad.
Surely Klopp would not want to have a player with this sort of attitude at Anfield, as his lack of professionalism and inflated ego may well remind Liverpool fans of a certain Mario Balotelli, who managed just four goals in 28 appearances for the Reds in the 2014/15 campaign.
With a 6.82 WhoScored rating last season – lower than many Reds midfielders – there is little to suggest that the £15.3m-rated midfielder is better than any of the options that Klopp already has available to him, and we have already seen that he doesn’t react well to being overlooked by managers.
Last season emphasised the importance of Liverpool having a strong squad on whom Klopp could rely, as his side played every possible fixture, and the last thing the German needs is someone like Rabiot disrupting the squad harmony that he has developed in his time at Anfield.