In Focus: Klopp must take the plunge or risk regression

Liverpool have turned down the chance to land Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez after his agent Jorge Mendes offered the Colombian to the Reds, according to report from Sport.

What’s the word?

The Catalan newspaper claim that the super-agent, who also represents fellow Galactico Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, has been told to find his client a new club and has offered the No.10 to a number of top clubs across the continent, including Mourinho’s United having already been linked with a move.

However, as per the report, the Reds have turned down the chance to land the 25-year-old as they are reluctant to meet Los Blancos’ asking price of €75m (around £66m).

The Merseysiders have already splashed £34m on former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah and forked out compensation for England youngster Dominic Solanke this summer.

Statement needed?

Although Jurgen Klopp is not lacking in the playmaker department, something needs to break in terms of the Reds making a statement of intent this summer.

Salah may well prove to be a canny addition this time next year, however, with the club back in the Champions League and looking to force their way back into contention for a title race, they must match their top six peers this summer.

With Chelsea just getting started after the deal to bring in Antonio Rudiger, Liverpool are slowly falling behind the rest of the pack in terms of summer business and are thus risking their standing after all of Klopp’s hard work to get them back in the top four.

This is not to say that Rodriguez is the one, however, a Premier League club looking to establish themselves at the top once again passing up such an opportunity seems a little naive at this stage.

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