Why Liverpool’s Decision To Cool Their Interest In Thomas Lemar Is A Bad Decision
Liverpool have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar this summer. A number of Europe’s top clubs have identified the 22-year-old as a possible target following his performances for Monaco last season.
Lemar caught the eyes of some of Europe’s elites, including Liverpool and Arsenal, after bagging 14 goals and providing 17 assists, as Monaco won the French title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.
The Reds were heavily linked with a move for the midfielder last summer and he continues to be touted as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona last month. But according to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool are no longer interested in Lemar and have decided to turn to alternative targets as they start making plans for the summer.
It is understood that Jurgen Klopp has cooled his interest in the Frenchman due to the player being valued at around £90million by Monaco. The German manager believes that we can spend the cash elsewhere once the transfer window reopens in the summer. The news comes as a big surprise given that we were chasing the midfielder last year and in fact, last month too.
Lemar has been one of the sought-after young talents in Europe, capable of playing in the midfield and anywhere across the attack. It is a kind of a bolt from the blue to see Klopp cool his interest in the French international after many considered him as the ideal player to fill the void left by Coutinho.
As far as I am concerned, Lemar was one of the shining lights for Monaco last season, which was filled with glitz and glamour. While the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Valere Germain and Kylian Mbappe have all left the French club, Lemar along with Fabinho and Djibril Sidibe have stayed put at the club and have performed decently this season.
For all of the last campaign’s highs, Lemar has failed to live up to the billing this season, scoring only 3 goals and supplying 5 assists. Well if that’s the case for Liverpool to pull out of the race to sign the player, then it is totally unacceptable.
The Frenchman is undoubtedly talented – a nimble-footed midfielder with excellent vision and passing abilities being the cornerstones of his game. Although he is left-footed, he is equally strong on the right, capable of producing brilliant moments on the field.
Coutinho was a player equally adept at playing in the midfield and on the wings. The Brazilian offered a different flair in the attack when compared to the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. To play centrally, create spaces and open up opposing defences in a blink of an eye were the real attributes of Coutinho and since his departure, not a single player has produced that week in and week out.
Adam Lallana comes closer to the now Barcelona midfielder but the 29-year-old is too injury-prone and lacks consistency. While the likes of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all good midfielders, there isn’t a player in the middle of the park with defence-splitting abilities and a huge appetite for goals.
Lemar is exactly the player with all the aforementioned qualities. The Monaco man would have really been an upgrade on the current crop of Liverpool midfielders.
The Frenchman is an excellent player, one with a whole lot of quality and variation in his game. He is a lethal set-piece taker and is equally impressive in open play, with a sharp little burst of acceleration.
For all the dribbling abilities, shooting, creativity and guile, the 22-year-old isn’t still a finished product. He is supremely talented and would have evolved as a player under the watchful eyes of Klopp but it’s a big shame that the Liverpool manager seems to have different plans in the summer.
“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan
There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.
The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.
The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.
The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.
The moment 104-year-old Reds fan, Bernard Sheridan, met Jürgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after the Palace game.
Happy birthday, Bernard. ❤ pic.twitter.com/YMcAotaDmv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 22, 2019
The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.
Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.
The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.
Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.
@KevRedCon this is what Liverpool fc is all about.
— John kelly (@jonhkelly1981) January 22, 2019
My Liverpool is more than a football club………Family, and we look after our own
— kenny (@Kennedy20686482) January 22, 2019
He has seen more than any reds out there.Hope he gets to see us win the league this time
— Neymar (@Suvendra6) January 22, 2019
Wow. ❤️💯 Show me a club with more heart for reals! 🔥
— Liverpool stan ✊ (@MelissaJacobs12) January 22, 2019
love the King and Klopp and respect their hectic schedule. How nice if they could have invited him for a cup of tea to hear about the old days of the club…like the early 20th century.
— Mick (@MICKDXB) January 22, 2019
Sir Kenny a class act
— Liam Smith (@Liam229Smith) January 22, 2019
It’s lovely to see such warm gestures from a club that’s so close to my heart. Feels like I’ve been there, although I’ve never been. Would love to meet them all one day. Hopefully soon. #YNWA
— R Mansingh (@rmansinghani) January 22, 2019
This is Anfield, where dreams are made.
— Howard howface (@HowardHomix1) January 22, 2019
Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs
The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.
There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.
The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.
Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.
We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
“I see him staying with us for the next two or three years” – Blow for Klopp as Bundesliga boss claims Liverpool target isn’t moving soon
The German striker has been one of the brightest stars for the Bundesliga side and even represented the national team at the 2018 World Cup.
Werner is just 22, and the Mirror reports that the Reds have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace.
Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the versatile forward, as per the report, but Rangnick believes Leipzig could keep Werner.
Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Mirror), Rangnick also conceded that battling Munich’s interest will be difficult:
“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”
The report adds that the Leipzig boss also claimed Werner would not be leaving to a rival club in the January window.
The forward has scored 11 times from 18 Bundesliga games this season and can play as the central striker or wide left.
The 22-year-old would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team, and he would provide cover to our front three.
Rangnick’s comments are expected as no club would want to lose their top player, especially to a rival club, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the summer regarding the striker.