For a few summers, Liverpool found themselves regularly linked with Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic. In the end, though, Barcelona came calling, ending any thought the Croatia international might end up in Red. Move ahead two seasons, and Liverpool find themselves linked to the man who replaced Rakitic.
That man is Grzegorz Krychowiak, a 25-year-old Polish defensive midfielder Sevilla nabbed from Reims for a bargain in the summer of 2014 and who has since established himself as a top class destroyer for the Andalusian club. And the reason he's being linked is that he's come out and said he wants to be the next Steven Gerrard.
"I've never had a favourite league but rather a favourite player in Steven Gerrard," Krychowiak told Estadio Deportivo this week. "I have not thought of playing for a particular club or in a particular league, but he has always been my idol. I want to be the best player possible, but I do not have a fixed destination in mind."
That he says he doesn't have a move in mind or a club he aspires to move to would seem like it should rather dampen any rumours. But then that's not how transfer rumours work, and the second Krychowiak let slip that his idol was a Red, getting linked to Liverpool was always bound to happen—and sooner rather than later.
Still, a proven defensive midfielder with an impressive passing range on the verge of entering his best years would make Krychowiak a tempting target for a lot of Liverpool fans. It seems unlikely to happen, though. Because really, seeing Steven Gerrard as his idol is worlds apart from actively pushing for a Liverpool move.
Plus there's the small matter of the player reportedly being courted by both Manchester United and Arsenal over the summer and turning both clubs down, a point that he was asked about while on duty with the Polish national team over the international break. And which, one would imagine, should conclusively rule out Liverpool.
"A future in England? It's too cold there," he said. So. Simple question, simple answer. And one less transfer rumour to worry about as January approaches.