A report from an Italian point of sale Calciomercato explained why Liverpool were unable to sign a Roma midfielder this summer.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has been looking for a new central midfielder to strengthen his squad in recent months. Gini Wijnaldum’s departure in June left a gaping hole in his squad.
Young starlet Harvey Elliott did a great job replacing him early in the campaign but is now injured. The teenager, who can also operate as a winger, will only return towards the end of the 2021-22 season.
A rumored fix for Klopp is the Italy international Lorenzo Pellegrini. He has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Serie A by commanding Roma in recent years.
Calciomercato (Going through Express) write that Liverpool were close to closing a deal for Pellegrini in the summer transfer window.
The 25-year-old was won over by the idea of competing for both the Premier League and the Champions League.
The transfer talks have given rise to tensions between the player and Roma. He is a long-time fan of the Italian giants and his departure has reportedly damaged his relationship with the club’s loyalists.
Pellegrini ultimately decided to reject Liverpool and stay at the Stadio Olimpico. His dream is to win Serie A with Roma for the first time since 2000-01.
It looks like a future move to England is now totally ruled out as the player has entered into contract talks with Roma.
They seek to offer him a raise in salary to reward his loyalty and stature in the team.
Jose mourinho is also desperate to keep the Rome-born star.
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In a recent interview, he said: “If we had three Pellegrinis they would all start the game at the same time. The three of them would never stay on the bench.
“It is multifunctional, it can adapt to different roles. The other day when we were 10 he played the inside part of the right flank and created luck for Tammy [Abraham] to hit the crossbar.
“He’s smart, can understand the game and my ideas. If there were three, they would all play.
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Klopp explained how Takumi Minamino got back from loan at Southampton as a “different player”.
Minamino joined Liverpool from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 but struggled to make an impact.
He moved to St Mary’s a year later and had a decent lot on the South Coast.
“He’s an exceptional talent,” Klopp said. “It was all tough when he joined and you have to get used to the Premier League.
“It helped a lot to go to Southampton and he came back with a different player and a different package. The players need time.
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