Over the weekend, rumours briefly rose up claiming Liverpool were nearing a deal for Cologne left back Jonas Hector. A fee had been agreed, personal terms were being negotiated, and it was only a matter of time before the German international was leaning on things and talking about how he always played as Liverpool of FIFA.
It only took a few hours for journalists with ties to the club to shoot the rumours down. Paul Joyce, Ben Smith, half the Liverpool Echo team. All the most reliable mainstream journalists with sources at Anfield were quick and categorical. No deal was nearing completion. In fact, no deal was even being negotiated. Liverpool had no interest in Jonas Hector.
And if that wasn’t enough to put it all to bed, today Cologne CEO Jörg Schmadtke told Bild that not only had Liverpool not made an offer for the left back, but that at the rumoured fees being talked about—a bid of around £12M was supposed to have been offered and accepted—Cologne wouldn’t even seriously consider selling Hector.
"There has been no offer from Liverpool," said Schmadtke when asked about the weekend’s rumours that a fee had been agreed and a deal nearly completed to take Hector—who Cologne reportedly value at nearer £16M—to Anfield. "At the reported sum that we’ve seen, we could not even take a bid for him seriously."
Liverpool continue to be linked with a number of left backs, but the club appear most interested in Leicester City youngster Ben Chilwell. With Chilwell a player for the future, it would seem manager Jürgen Klopp sees enough promise in raw but talented 23-year-old Alberto Moreno to continue working with the incumbent left back next season.