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As reported by Spanish outlet Eldesmarque, Liverpool are prepared to ‘throw the house out of the window’ in their attempts to bring Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio to Anfield.
Well, the Reds seem to be extremely keen on bringing the Spain international to Merseyside, as Jurgen Klopp reportedly views the attacking midfielder as the ideal man to complement to his front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
The report states that the European champions are willing to pay close to €75m (£67.5m) to sign Asensio, and also says that Klopp is not satisfied with his squad despite winning the Champions League last term.
The Spaniard had a fairly underwhelming 2018/19 campaign with Los Blancos, scoring just one goal and recording four assists in La Liga.
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Whilst this has all been reported, it doesn’t quite add up to what a more trusted source has said.
The Liverpool Echo is probably the most reliable outlet when it comes to news on the Champions League winners.
They have inside information and are allowed access to chat with Klopp himself and some players from time to time.
Interestingly, the Echo ran a story today which doesn’t align with what Eldesmarque are saying – in fact, it’s almost the complete opposite.
Where the Spanish outlet says that Klopp isn’t satisfied with his squad, they said: “After spending around £250m in 2018, the strategy very much centres around sustaining and extending the stay of star players who have made Liverpool European champions.
“It ties in with Klopp’s current ethos of keeping together the nucleus of a squad that came so close to ending a 29-year wait for a league title three weeks before bagging a sixth European Cup in Madrid.”
Now, bringing in a player of Asensio’s quality for such a large amount of money, only for him to sit on the bench as a ‘complement’ to the front three probably wouldn’t go down too well with the player himself, and would potentially risk damaging that nucleus that Klopp is so keen to protect.
The two stories are almost entirely contrasting, and practically sum up the madness of the transfer window right now.