Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann would not consider a move to Liverpool.
After making a name with Real Sociedad, Griezmann moved to Atletico Madrid in 2014 and has since become one of the most sought-after attackers in modern day football. The Frenchman has racked up 90 goals in just 177 games for Atletico and is expected to ply his trade at a new club next season.
Griezmann was rumoured to join Manchester United this summer but couldn’t do so after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld Atletico’s transfer ban in June, meaning the club are unable to sign new players until January 2018.
Despite signing a new contract until the summer of 2022, the 26-year-old is being heavily linked again with a summer move to Manchester United after claiming that it was a ‘possibility’ that he could join us. Atletico’s rivals Barcelona are also thought to be interested in Griezmann and have reportedly agreed on a big-money deal to sign him.
When asked if a Liverpool move could be on the cards, Balague told Sky Sports:
“Griezmann is thinking of different things.”
“Liverpool have to prove they are genuine title contenders again to be able to attract the likes of Griezmann. I don’t think Liverpool are on Griezmann’s radar at this moment in time.”
The striker has been on the wrong side of the headlines this season following rumours of conflict between him and the Atletico board. Balague claims Griezmann held talks with his club following last month’s goalless draw against Real Madrid and that helped clear the air.
“There was a conversation with Griezmann and the Atletico hierarchy after the Madrid derby where he was asked if he was committed to the club,” said Balague.
“Atleti were unhappy with Griezmann’s comments about his future and how he flirts with other clubs.
“He was told he had to focus, to which he asked to be played alongside a strike partner up front. His suggestion has been listened to and now everyone is happy,” the Spanish expert further mentioned.
Liverpool, who are back up to 4th in the league table with a 5-1 win over Brighton, face Spartak Moscow in the final Champions League group game tomorrow before hosting Merseyside rivals Everton, on Sunday.
“We would take Pulisic or Fekir” – Some Liverpool fans want winter signing as journalist shoots down interest in £85m star
Liverpool have been linked with a massive £85million (h/t Liverpool Echo) deal for the French forward, however, the report claims that Jurgen Klopp is not willing to buy players in January as he believes the team can challenge on all fronts.
Pearce did believe that Klopp could spend in the winter window only if we are dealt with a number of injuries.
Liverpool are second in the Premier League and have a decent chance of making it out of their Champions League group too.
However, some fans were not happy with the report from Pearce and wanted the club to sign an attacking midfielder in the winter window.
We need Fekir. Thank you…
— KennyLFC (@Kslyms) November 14, 2018
Liverpool are delusional if they think we can mount a challenge with that midfield.
— Rosebud Films (@FilmsRosebud) November 14, 2018
Bad news Pearce strikes again!
— Anish (@Anish_Dogra) November 14, 2018
— Sam (@Sam_Gocher) November 14, 2018
I don’t have enough fingers to count the amount of buzzkills that @JamesPearceEcho delivers to us Liverpool supporters😭
— Dylan van der Spuy (@dylanvdspuy14) November 14, 2018
Bring him on he’s needed
— Mel♥️😜❤️ (@MelMboma) November 14, 2018
*pretends to be shocked* pic.twitter.com/DLH8ZmyhXO
— @Virgil_VD (@Virgil_VD) November 14, 2018
Couldn’t help yourself pic.twitter.com/vfZIC5G8ui
— A.Y (@reddalasisoahc) November 14, 2018
Dembele , no thanks , we would take Pulisic or Fekir please
— Saket Dhodapkar (@saketdhodapkar) November 14, 2018
Hmmmm just like Alison, VVD, Salah, Robbo etc…..
— RedMac (@Grahammcgarty) November 14, 2018
— Gabriel Santos (@gabrielcrf07) November 14, 2018
Liverpool target doesn’t rule out moving to the Premier League in the future
Christian Pulisic hasn’t ruled out playing in the Premier League someday. The American is one of the best youngsters in the Bundesliga and was brought to Borussia Dortmund by Jurgen Klopp.
Pulisic was quoted by the Express as saying:
“England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing.
“So there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”
The Express adds that Klopp bid £11million for the American in 2016 but Dortmund rejected that offer. Pulisic has helped the club to the top of the Bundesliga this season and has two goals and two assists.
The report adds that Manchester United are also interested in the 20-year-old, and could rival any bid made by the Anfield giants.
The American added that he is enjoying his season with the Germans and knows that tabloid tales are part of the game.
Pulisic would be a wonderful addition to the team, and the youngster can play in a number of positions in the attacking third.
The 20-year-old would not come on the cheap, however, Klopp can make the American better at Anfield. It will be interesting to see what happens in the winter window, and if we get Pulisic, it would be the blockbuster deal of the January window,
“Looks sad, unwilling”, “Cheer up mate” – Some Liverpool fans believe star attacker is unhappy playing for national side
Mohamed Salah was recently in the news after being caught wearing a Playboy shirt. While many commented on his style, the Egyptian posted yet another image before the international break.
Salah is set to play for Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tunisia on Friday, and the pressure would be on the Liverpool man to get the three points for the Pharaohs.
The Liverpool attacker shared an image suggesting he was ready to play for the national side.
Reporting for National Team duty… pic.twitter.com/pFwSLXXjhB
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 14, 2018
However, some of his Twitter followers weren’t happy with the picture he selected and believed the 26-year-old was unhappy playing for the Pharaohs.
Salah has been exceptional for club and country in recent years with Egypt making it to the World Cup in the summer.
The Reds reached the Champions League final but Salah had to be subbed after 30 minutes due to an injury.
The 26-year-old has 11 goals for club and country this season and will be important for both sides throughout the campaign.
However, the fans weren’t letting go of the picture easily, and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.
lol the pic tells about how you feel joining national duty
— Dalia Khashan (@DaliaKhashan) November 14, 2018
@meanjoebeanz seems happy
— James Ferrier (@Jdferrier) November 14, 2018
Good luck for you, Mo 💖
— Tiffany P Lukitasari (@puteritiffany) November 14, 2018
Look sad, unwilling 😭😭😭
— Laffing_Gor (@Laffing_Gor) November 14, 2018
Cheer up mate
— Lewis Campbell (@Campbelllfc) November 14, 2018
Yh we get it you don’t like the Egyptian FA ffs
— Caesar (@CaesarMS7) November 14, 2018
reporting for call of duty
— Murad (@murad___92) November 14, 2018
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