1 Aug 2016

Transfer Truth: £30m 'leader' responds to 'Liverpool' transfer rumours; confirms 'Klopp' talks 'never' happened

During the January transfer window, Liverpool were linked with a move for Swiss star Granit Xhaka, who reportedly met with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to discuss a possible transfer. Xhaka ended up at Arsenal instead, and the ex-Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder has now revealed some more details about his alleged connection with LFC.

In February, German newspaper SportBild claimed:

"SportBild has learned that Jurgen Klopp had a meeting with [Granit] Xhaka's Agent in December 2015".

When asked over the weekend about Liverpool's prior interest, Xhaka told the Daily Mail:

"I personally never had contact with Klopp or Liverpool. I spoke to Arsene Wenger. Arsenal play attractive football and I enjoy that".

Xhaka specifically states that he personally never had contact with Klopp or Liverpool, but it's still possible that the Reds met with his Agent.

Liverpool are (arguably) in desperate need of a combative enforcer like Xhaka, but missing out may not be such a bad thing, though. Xhaka - hailed as a 'leader' by Per Mertesacker - is a talented player, but his disciplinary record is atrocious:

* 36 yellow cards and 6 red cards in the last 3 completed seasons.

* 8 suspensions in the last 3 seasons. 3 separate suspensions last season (78 days out).

The Premier League is more physical and frantic than the Bundesliga, so there's clearly a high probability that Xhaka will continue to pick up cards on a regular basis.

We'll soon find out. Liverpool face Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season...

^ Cost Arsenal £30m


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