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01st Jan 2018

Liverpool fans are convinced that missing out on transfer target is ‘blessing in disguise’

Bullet dodged, it seems?

Nooruddean Choudry

Bullet swerved, it seems.

Liverpool fans have every right to be very excited about their future under Jurgen Klopp. His side is already one of the most thrilling in Europe, with a growing reputation for swashbuckling football and the potential to beat anyone on their day. Sure, there’s issues to address, but the Anfield hierarchy seem to be doing just that.

The signing of Virgil van Dijk is as symbolic as it was necessary. They desperately needed a genuinely world-class defensive talisman to marshall the backline, but it’s also another example of a player turning down stellar opportunities elsewhere to join Klopp at Anfield. There’s a real glamour about playing for Liverpool these days.

One player who was heavily linked to joining his compatriot on Merseyside was Germany’s next big thing, Leon Goretzka. The 22-year-old midfielder is heralded as his country’s new superstar, and his availability for free as a Bosman made him one of January’s most coveted assets.

Sadly for Liverpool, he seems to have chosen to sign a pre-contract agreement for Bayern Munich instead. But such is the optimism around Merseyside, that the Anfield faithful don’t seem that bothered. It may seem a surprising reaction to outsiders, but the sense is they can do without.

The reasoning his varied. Some argue that Goretzka would have been a luxury signing, and that missing out on him is a ‘blessing in disguise’; others suggest he’s not much better than Emre Can, and a defensive midfielder is a more urgent acquisition; another argument is he’s overrated, and wouldn’t combine well with Keita.

One thing’s for sure – Liverpool are on the up, regardless of the German’s decision…

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