In recent seasons, if a player was being linked between Liverpool and a La Liga club (two in particular come to mind), it was generally one-way traffic, and not the way that would benefit the Reds. The last player to make a switch from the Spanish top flight was Alberto Moreno, joining from Sevilla in the summer of 2014.
This is a problem that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would apparently like to address. As such, the Reds are bringing in former PSG scout Sylvain N’Diaye to Merseyside, specifically to find talent in Spain and Portugal, working under Kiko Espinar.
N’Diaye worked for the Ligue 1 giants for three seasons. During his playing days, the former Senegalese international spent most of his career in France, but also had spells with Spanish sides Levante and Tenerife. There’s no word as to whether Sadio Mane helped recruit his countryman.
N’Diaye’s appointment might be an indication of where Klopp is looking to strengthen in the future. La Liga has an abundance of tactically astute players, and ones with mandatory release clauses that could, conceivably, provide bargain buys down the road. Or maybe he just wants to keep Alberto Moreno happy and Latin game night ticking over.