25 Aug 2015

Offer Accepted? Liverpool address rumours about 'unbelievable' £15m playmaker and confirm transfer speculation is 'total nonsense'

Last week, The Independent claimed that Borussia Dortmund 'accepted' a £15m from Liverpool for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but is this really true, and what are the chances of the Reds actually signing the Armenian maestro before the transfer window closes?

As expected, this particular rumour appears to wide of the mark, and according to a new report, there's no chance of a deal being concluded.

Last night, Sky Sports claimed:

"Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund have branded reports which claim attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan had agreed a move to Anfield as ‘total nonsense.’

This comes as no surprise, especially since Mkhitaryan is seemingly happy playing under new Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel.

When asked about his future in July, Mkhitaryan - recently hailed by Jurgen Klopp for his 'unbelievable' ability - emphatically dismissed the idea of leaving the Bundesliga, and insisted that he is 'staying at Dortmund'. He told reporters:

"[Thomas] Tuchel [Dortmund manager] has influenced me positively and I want to prove to everyone that I am a good player. I want to make the BVB fans happy. I never felt that it was a mistake to come here".

Operating under a new manager seems to have given Mkhitaryan a new lease of life. Last year, he contributed only 12 goals/assists in 42 appearances, but this season so far, he's smashed in 11 goals/assists in 6 games.

After only 6 games of the new campaign, Mkhitaryan is on the verge of beating his total for whole of last season. It just goes to show the impact a new manager can have on a player.

Conversely, with only 2 goals in 3 games (with one of the two an offside goal that shouldn't have counted), Liverpool are struggling to score.

Mkihtaryan may be off the table, but it's clear that Liverpool need another goalscoring attacking midfielder before the end of the transfer window.

As this season has already illustrated, it's a mistake to rely on Ibe, Lallana, Can, and Milner to contribute regular goals and assists (three games played: zero goals/assists collectively), and there's no guarantee that Firmino will make the difference.

Author: Jaimie K


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