Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that links between his club and a move for Brazilian striker Pato are nonsense.
The Reds have been aligned with the Corinthians hit-man for much of the past few months, and reports late last week suggested that a fresh deal was on the cards for this month.
Speculation appeared to be based on Klopp’s side’s struggles in front of goal, with the Merseyside outfit the lowest scorers in the Premier League’s top nine with a meagre return of just 22.
However, the German tactician, speaking ahead of his side’s midweek clash with Arsenal, claimed that suggestions Pato is wanted are wide of the mark:
He said: “My private advice to you is don’t follow the Pato path any longer.”
Klopp on Pato rumours: “My private advice to you is don’t follow the Pato path any longer.”
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) January 11, 2016
Pato is known to be available this month with Corinthians actively looking to offload him in a bid to reduce their wage bill.
Once of AC Milan, the 26-year-old was tipped to become one of the planet’s leading attacking talents before injury issues stunted his development.
He has, however, re-built his reputation in Brazil, netting 38 goals during a two-season loan stint with Sao Paulo.