Hopes over a Liverpool switch have come again right down to earth after the rationale why a goal was omitted from his facet’s opening day squad was revealed.
Following the arrival of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for £36m, consideration turned to who Liverpool would goal to interchange Georginio Wijnaldum. A sequence of ready-made stars throughout Europe have been linked, however little progress has been made so far.
As an alternative, the Reds have focussed on tying down the elite members of their squad to contemporary phrases. Virgil van Dijk was the newest to commit his long-term future to the club on Friday.
Nonetheless, eyebrows have been raised on Saturday when Ligue 1 title winner Renato Sanches was curiously lacking from Lille’s squad.
The Portuguese midfielder, 23, has loved a profession resurgence since transferring to Lille in 2019. The Reds have been credited with interest throughout 2021, and the membership’s monetary woes amid the Covid-19 pandemic has left them vulnerable to an approach.
Sanches was sorely missed as Lille have been thumped 4-0 by Good. However one line of considering prompt his absence could possibly be as a result of his imminent departure.
Nevertheless, that has confirmed to not be the case. Talking within the aftermath of the match, Lille supervisor Jocelyn Gourvennec confirmed his absence was as a result of a knee criticism.
Now, in keeping with dependable journalist Fabrizio Romano, that knee criticism is in Sanches’ meniscus and will require surgical procedure.
The Italian tweeted Sanches will ‘endure exams on Monday for potential surgical procedure.’ Ought to the midfielder be required to go underneath the knife, a summer time switch will likely be off the desk. Even when surgical procedure will not be required, a deal this summer time would nonetheless seem extremely unlikely.
Romano confirmed Liverpool’s curiosity within the tweet, although acknowledged they by no means lodged any bids.
Barcelona and RB Leipzig are two different suitors, but it surely seems everybody involved will now have to attend till the January window on the earliest.
Van Dijk revels in Liverpool return
In the meantime, Van Dijk insists he couldn’t ask for extra after making his return to the Liverpool facet in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Norwich – however the large central defender is already setting his ambitions excessive for the Reds this season.
”I wasn’t nervous, I used to be excited, I wished to be on the market. I wished to get the sport going,” Van Dijk informed the official club website.”Very pleased clearly to start out the sport, to get the three factors, win 3-0 away, a clear sheet. Clearly you’ll be able to’t ask for extra.
“There are nonetheless many issues to enhance however we’re early within the season. I’m nonetheless getting in control so these are the one moments the place you’ll be able to actually enhance as nicely.”
“This 12 months goes to be thrilling for a lot of causes, personally however as a staff as nicely. Should you have a look at the groups round us bettering, who need to compete for the Premier League title; clearly we need to be up there as nicely.
“It’s going to be a Premier League full of top quality which all of us ought to take pleasure in. We’ve a unbelievable squad – simply go for it and take every recreation because it comes.
“Seeing the followers again is a giant enhance, but additionally simply taking part in the video games, the Premier League, the perfect league on the planet. You need to be on the market, you need to carry out, you need to compete, you need to win.
“To have the ability to try this with followers once more as a staff, hopefully we keep match all of us, that’s one thing to be enthusiastic about. We’ll give it a correct go and take it recreation by recreation.”