As the transfer window starts to dwindle towards closing and it looks increasingly like Liverpool aren’t going to make any other moves, the news tends to turn towards the more humorous. When there’s nothing left to write about we all have to grasp at straws, right?
That’s what the Express are doing in latching onto some quotes from Spanish paper Don Balon that German midfielder Toni Kroos is growing displeased with his place at Real Madrid and their inability to defend their La Liga title.
Ah, those Spanish papers. Our old friends.
Don Balon goes on to claim that Kroos is entertaining plenty of offers for a move from the Bernabeu and that he has told his teammates that he’d like to work with Jürgen Klopp. While the idea of a German midfielder wanting to work under Klopp isn’t that farfetched, everything else surrounding the story is distinctly smelling of fish.
The Express goes on to claim that Klopp is on a shortlist of managers that Kroos would like to work with, including Mauricio Pochettino, Joachim Low, and Marcelo Gallardo. Kroos is also apparently “earmarked as a potential candidate to sell” in - get this - a move to potentially fund a bid to bring Neymar to Madrid in the summer.
You read that right.
In an effort to continue the hilarity, they mention that Neymar is reportedly eager to return to Spain and would rather ditch PSG after one season and a world record setting fee to head back to the country that made him. That move of course would not be cheap and so Madrid are looking to offload a player or two or five to make room.
Please, I know, try to catch your breath. I know the laughter is too hard to contain but do your best.
Of course, as with all ridiculous transfer rumours, there may be a tiny, miniscule grain of truth. As mentioned before, it’s not hard to imagine that yes, Toni Kroos may want to work with Klopp and that may be the biggest selling point. Would Liverpool be interested in the midfielder? Possibly. With the imminent departure of Emre Can on the horizon, who knows what their plans are for the summer outside of welcoming Naby Keita with open arms.
Would it be prudent or smart to make a move for Toni Kroos, who has made 24 appearances so far this year, scored two goals, and is under contract until 2022? Probably not.
Stranger things have happened to Liverpool, and in the greater football world, and we’re always able to accept defeat if that grain of salt starts to turn into a pearl. That might be a longer journey towards actual truth than is realistic, though.