Think back with me to the 1st of July when Ibrahima Konaté was officially unveiled as a Liverpool player. Along with the usual LFC Twitter and official site videos, interviews and photo shoots, the player himself made a post about it on Twitter. Which is pretty normal.
What is maybe less normal is that it was of a Dragon Ball Z gif showing Goku transforming into... a Dragon Ball? Look, I’m not going to pretend to know anything about this show. But the point is, it was a Dragon Ball Z gif along with two Red dots, and that signified his arrival.
He’s turning red and flying away. Let’s say that’s what it was and call it an apt gif for the circumstances.
Now, fast forward to Monday, when Liverpool target Saúl Ñiguez posted this:
It’s a picture of him in silhouette in front of his television playing Dragon Ball Z, along with a thinking emoji and a video game controller emoji. Now wait a minute! Dragon Ball Z, you say? Could this be a clever way to signal to the Illuminati — I mean, Liverpool faithful on social media — that Saúl will be the next big signing to get a legendary Klopp hug?
Moreover, do Konaté and Saúl even know each other? Konaté is French and Saúl is Spanish. Konaté came to Merseyside from RB Leipzig, while Saúl currently plays for Atletico Madrid. But, ye of little faith, one thing these two exceptional players have in common is that they are both represented by ICM Stellar Sports.
So could this be a subtle wing and nod to those in the know? Liverpool fans hope so as they flooded Saúl’s post with hopeful messages. He has been heavily linked to the Reds, with a supposed price tag hovering near the £40million mark. Or do Konaté and Saúl just happen to like the same very popular anime?
Personally, I’m going full tinhat on this one, because I love the idea of players sending messages and breaking transfer news through wholesome, kid-friendly media.