If the first two matches of the season have taught us anything, it is exactly how thin the current Liverpool squad is. Two matches. Two identical starting XI line-ups.
While we all had hopes and dreams of making the Big Name™, big money signing in Naby Keïta, it is now evident that quantity is just as much of an issue as quality. We reported last week that Liverpool had allegedly turned their interest away from Energy Drink’s Keïta toward Nice’s Jean Michael Seri.
According to the rumor mongers—started by TransferMarketWeb and picked up by British tabloids—Liverpool have stepped up their interest, reportedly closing in on a deal. Although his release clause is £36.4 million, it is claimed that can be had for as little as £20.5 million. Practically nothing in today’s market. Tell John Henry to check between the couch cushions to secure the funds.
Like Liverpool, Nice are in the Champions League playoff. Unlike Liverpool, who thanks to last night’s effort will bring a one-goal advantage back to Anfield and are favorites to make the group stages, Nice face a tough two legs against Napoli. This move might be easier to complete if Liverpool can ensure Champions League football, and Nice cannot.
Liverpool very well could be in for Seri, but this source means we should take this particular report with a large grain of salt. Like a Simon Mignolet pear-sized grain of salt.