It was an extremely busy transfer window for many Premier League clubs, but Liverpool were largely absent from the off-field entertainment, much to the annoyance of some of their supporters.
The likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United all spent astronomical fees on top-class talent over the summer, while the Reds watched Ibrahima Konate replace a raft of fringe players at Anfield.
Many expected Gini Wijnaldum’s exit to result in an exciting new acquisition gracing the 19-time English champions throughout 2021/22, yet an external successor failed to materialise despite several star names being linked with a move to Merseyside.
And now, Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones has shed some light on the club’s failed attempted to replace the Dutch international, with one of Konate’s former teammates reportedly targeted.
“It has been reported that a move for another Leipzig man, Marcel Sabitzer, was explored, but the Austrian ended up joining Bayern Munich late in the window,” his report read.
After finishing in an underwhelming third place in the top-flight standings last term, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to guide his charges back to the Premier League summit this time around.
Seven points from a possible nine has seen the Merseyside outfit start the new campaign in solid fashion, but the German tactician may be concerned about his squad’s lack of strength in depth as the season progresses.
The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Wijnaldum weren’t replaced, while a below-par duo of Divock Origi and Neco Williams remain the backups to key players in key positions.
And Klopp’s disappointment may be further compounded by the fact that the club’s hierarchy were unable to attract an affordable, ready-made replacement in the centre of the park.
Sabitzer has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s top midfielders in recent years, scoring 52 goals and providing 42 assists in 229 appearances for Leipzig, and is fully acquainted with the pressing style favoured by Klopp after working under Julian Nagelsmann at the Red Bull Arena.
With his previous contract set to expire next summer, Bayern were able to snap up the Austria international for just €16 million (£13.7m), a fee within even Liverpool’s limited financial reach.
Therefore, Klopp is likely to be left fuming after missing out on the versatile 27-year-old, and he’ll be hoping that Liverpool’s lack of activity in the market won’t cost his side as the campaign progresses.
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