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Rumor Mongering: Liverpool Want Wanyama As Emre Can Replacement

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Former Southampton players unite!

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Lacking any real Liverpool news of substance, The Daily Mail took an off-hand quote from Steven Gerrard and ran with it, churning out a brand new rumor from the endlessly spinning mill they gleefully fuel.

“I think Liverpool would benefit from a monster of a central midfielder, a holder,” Gerrard said during his punditry duties. “A Wanyama-type player who does sit in and is disciplined, and he would give more protection to the back four.

“Emre Can’s leaving, obviously Keita’s coming in. But Keita is a No 8, Keita is a dribbler, and a runner.”

Oh, yes. Obviously by “Wanyama-type” he meant “Tottenham Hotspur’s Victor Wanyama, who they will definitely sell to Liverpool for a reasonable fee because we’re not perennial Top 4 rivals or anything.”

The 26-year-old has been having trouble finding a way into Mauricio Pochettino’s side, having made only 13 appearances for Spurs, the vast majority being off the bench. However, part of the issue was Wanyama’s injury woes this campaign, which sidelined him for 4 months because of a knee injury.

The holding midfielder has one goal to his name this season, naturally, the out-of-the-blue thunderbolt at Anfield against Liverpool.

Despite being a former Southampton player, this doesn’t seem like a deal that would be likely to happen from either Liverpool’s or Tottenham’s perspective. Liverpool don’t seem likely to be going for a player with injury woes who is struggling to get into his side (especially one that will likely cost a Premier League Proven™ premium). And Tottenham are probably not too keen to potentially strengthen direct rivals, particularly in an area of real need.