There would appear to be smoke to this fire. Despite staunch denials from club-connected journalists that Liverpool have any interest in World Cup finalist, Domagoj Vida, it has to be assumed that Reds boss Jürgen Klopp is aware of the need for reinforcements at the center half position.
Links to the Besiktas defender have thusly persisted despite the counter narrative, with the player’s agent, Ugur Avadan himself confirming that there has been a formal bid submitted to the Süper Lig club.
“It is normal for there to be interest what is important is that the offers satisfy Besiktas and then Vida,” Avadan said speaking to Turkish outlet Radyospor.
“Liverpool and Everton are huge clubs that have made offers. Barcelona scouted Vida and had him on their shortlist but I do not see a move there happening.
“Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also interested from Spain.”
Liverpool’s opening bid of €22m has been reported in the local media as having been rejected, with the Turkish giants reportedly holding out for a fee closer to their €25m valuation.
While the solid, if unspectacular Vida makes for a curious target, the fact that Joël Matip is already ailing without the season even having begun, while Dejan Lovren is still recovering from his World Cup travails and Joe Gomez is yet untested at the position in the first team, makes the case for redundancy in the ranks an argument worth entertaining.
Having already strengthening to the tune of £100m in transfers this summer while their peers around them have largely stagnated or regressed, Klopp and FSG will be aware of the need to put their squad in the best position to make a run at domestic and European trophies this term.
A recruit in an injury-prone position is one such move, and with a mere 12 days left in the transfer window, Reds supporters can reasonably expect a move to be made.