15 Aug 2016

Done Deal: After Liverpool 'offer', 'incredible' £22m Euro 2016 sensation confirms he's signed 'contract extension' with Koln

Same sh^t, different season. Liverpool delivered a fantastic 4-3 victory over Arsenal, but once again, the team's attacking efforts were sabotaged by lax defending, particularly at left-back. Liverpool remain desperate for quality full-back options, but one player who won't be coming in to fill the void is Jonas Hector, who has signed a new deal with FC Koln.

Liverpool have been linked with Hector all summer, and last week, reports suggested that the Reds submitted an official 'offer', and were finally close to sealing a €22m deal.

Unfortunately, the transfer has seemingly fallen through. On Saturday night, Koln posted the following statement on its official website:

"FC Köln have extended the contracts of Jonas Hector and Leonardo Bittencourt. Both have signed new deals until 2021".

Explaining his decision, Jonas - hailed this week by head coach Peter Stoger for his 'incredible' Euro 2016 performances' - enthused:

"I feel happy to be a part of this team and I'm comfortable at Cologne. Everything fits for me here so the contract extension was a logical step."

Of all the full-backs linked with Liverpool over the summer, Hector was (arguably) the most impressive option, and unless Jurgen Klopp pulls off a surprise deal in the next two weeks, it looks like the Reds will persist with Moreno at left-back.

If Moreno continues to play, and makes costly mistakes, then Klopp will have to take the blame. Moreno's defensive deficiencies are obvious, but it's not his fault that the manager keeps playing him.

After today's evidence, Klopp surely can't rely on Moreno any more...right?



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