Journalist James Pearce has provided an update on Liverpool’s apparent pursuit of midfielder Saul Niguez.
Recent reports have suggested that Jürgen Klopp’s men are in talks with Atletico Madrid over a move for the midfielder.
Liverpool do need to bring in a new midfielder following the exit of Georginio Wijnaldum this summer to Paris Saint-Germain, but according to Pearce, it won’t be the Spaniard that will be given the honour of replacing him.
Speaking on The 1892 Reds Podcast, Pearce claimed that whilst he was an admirer of him and would love to see him play under Klopp at some point, the reports of him making a move to Anfield this summer were not to be believed:
“I really like him, I think anyone who’s seen him play would be quite excited about the links, but I think at the moment, it’s pretty tenuous. I know there were some reports of a £35m bid going in. My information was that that definitely wasn’t correct.”
TIF Thoughts on James Pearce’s comments on Saul Niguez joining Liverpool…
Would Saul Niguez be a good Wijnaldum replacement?
Given the importance the near-ever-present Wijnaldum had on the Liverpool team in the past, it is going to be crucial that they get his replacement spot-on if they are to try and get back to the standards that they have previously set under Klopp.
But given Saul’s decline in recent months, which has seen his average score on WhoScored drop to below 7, it would be an awfully big risk for Liverpool to take on him being the man to replace the Dutchman, especially at the price that Pearce mentioned.
If they could get him for cheaper, it might be worth them taking the risk on him, but if they want to pay that sort of money, they’d be wise to try and grab a player who would be more of a sure thing rather than someone who is experiencing something of a downswing in his career.
What’s more, it appears that the Spaniard could be set for Barcelona, though talk of Liverpool interest persists.