As the saying goes, mo money mo problems, mo titles mo transfer talk. When you’re winning, everybody wants to be around you, and that is as true in football as anywhere else in the world. The Reds experienced this first-hand as recently as this spring, with Timo Werner’s bi-weekly declarations of Liverpool love making things appear very rosy indeed, right up until mo money turned things around in a hurry, leaving many a Liverpool fan feeling blue.
The interest from the German striker currently languishing in eight place in the table was genuine, though, and unlike years past, when the Reds were largely mentioned by agents and club owners in an attempt to negotiate with players through the media, they are now a dream destination for nearly any player on the planet, and when the club comes up, you can usually assume there is some weight behind it.
It is, however, rare that a player who has yet to arrive at his new club, makes advances towards Merseyside. Unafraid to buck that trend, young Brenden Aaronson — who will move from Philadelphia Union to RB Salzburg in January — has already spoken of his Liverpool fandom and his dreams of making it in the Premier League one day.
“My dad introduced me to the game at a young age as he played college football in America,” the 20-year old told Sky Sports on his birthday today. “He also put me in front of a TV and I watched Liverpool ever since.
“As long as I can remember I’ve been a Liverpool fan. I have Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres posters in my room, those two were the ones I looked up to. I have Liverpool winning the Champions League above my bed too.
“When they won the title last year, that was a crazy moment for me. Going back to the Gerrard slip… it was tough but to see them absolutely dominate the Premier League, it was insane and I was so happy on the inside.”
“I think the Premier League is the dream league for me,” he continued. “It’s unbelievable and it keeps going upwards.
“The players keep getting better and better and for me, it’s for sure a dream league and something I would like to be a part of for any team over there really!”
So that’s pretty thirsty talk. The links are there as well, as FSG undoubtedly wouldn’t mind picking up an American player for the first team — provided the talent is there, of course — and Liverpool have already established a relationship with the Red Bull organisation.
Aaronson looks a fine prospect — if not as outrageously gifted as the likes of Christian Pulisic or Giovanni Reyna — with quick feet in tight spaces and an eye for a pass in the final third, so now it is on to the proving grounds of the Austrian Bundesliga, where, if he develops in the manner Salzburg expect, he will earn his move up the ladder. Perhaps even all the way to Anfield.