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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Rejected Chance to Sign Imperfect Sokratis

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The latest on the former Arsenal centre half has his agents offering him to Liverpool and the club deciding to pass.

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Early in the week, reports out of Greece claimed Liverpool had talked to ex-Arsenal centre half Sokratis Papastathopoulos about a potential free transfer this month but that, when no offer was made, the player pushed ahead with his move to Olympiacos.

Today, we’re hearing confirmatory noises from the English side, with Fabrizio Romano of The Guardian claimed on his Here We Go podcast that it was Sokratis’ side who approached the Reds to offer him to the defensively depleted defending champions.

Apparently, the message they got in return was thanks but no thanks—that Liverpool didn’t see Sokratis as the perfect player to bring in and that despite their recent injury issues they remain committed to signing either the right player or no player at all.

Further according to Romano, with the perfect player apparently not available, the decision for this month will remain no player at all and a hope Jöel Matip and Fabinho can see out the rest of the 2020-21 season and keep the Reds in the top four fight.

It’s quite a gamble, given the financial rewards the club stand to miss out on should they miss the Champions League places, but it probably shouldn’t be surprising after Jürgen Klopp reiterated he doesn’t expect any new signings this month.