Even with Jurgen Klopp’s reluctance to do anything other than a spectacularly good deal in the transfer window, Liverpool continue to be linked with players who are having pretty disappointing seasons.
Something, there, doesn’t match up.
“If something jumps in my face, we will think about it,” Klopp said last week. “It’s just that we have to first of all use the players that we have, high quality players. Especially Adam Lallana, who is a big player – not ‘the replacement’ for Phil but a good player.”
PSG star Javier Pastore is undoubtedly a good player, but at 28 is just a year younger than the aforementioned Lallana, with the Argentine midfielder also unfamiliar to the Premier League.
Yet reports in Italy believe Liverpool wanted to bring Pastore to Anfield this January on loan from the Ligue 1 leaders – only to be rejected for Inter Milan.
According to website Gianluca Di Marzio, the Reds and Tottenham have been knocked back after submitting offers totalling between €25million-€40million.
Pastore has been out of favour under Unai Emery and could swap the French capital for Milan with Serie A top three contenders Inter.
Given what Klopp said about transfers and Lallana, it’s pretty improbable Pastore ever felt he was heading to Merseyside.