9 Sept 2016

Offer Made: 'Excellent' €8m star confirms he rejected summer transfer to Liverpool. Loss?

Over the summer, 'excellent' Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan confirmed that Liverpool were monitoring his transfer situation. The Reds ended up signing Loris Karius instead, but the Spanish 'stopper has now revealed that it could've been him, and not Karius, lining up for the Reds this season.

In March, AS claimed that Liverpool were 'leading the race' to sign Adan. Then, in July, the Spaniard told reporters:

"Liverpool? I'm not thinking about that right now. I only renewed my contract a short while ago and I feel happy at Betis".

When asked this week about Liverpool's summer interest, Adam told reporters:

“There were offers [from Liverpool, Everton, and Napoli], but nothing better than Betis.”

Adan's comparatively small €8m release clause makes him an attractive target, but the Spaniard doesn't think he's worth that fee. In a recent interview with Marca, he noted:

"It'll be difficult to have an offer of €8m for me. Clubs do not pay big money for goalkeepers, and I doubt they'll pay that for me".

Clearly, Adan has low self-belief, and Betis legend Alexis Trujillo confirmed that last season:

"He [Adan] has terrible confidence in himself but he gives calmness to the rest of the team because he is enjoying a great moment."

Liverpool may have dodged a bullet here. The Reds need a confident, commanding presence at the back, not another shrinking violet, and signing a 'keeper with 'terrible confidence' seems counter-intuitive. Additionally, Adan's minutes-per-goal conceded ratio is worse than Mignolet's, so he clearly wasn't the solution.

It remains to be seen if Karius can be the authoritative figure Liverpool need between the sticks, but on the evidence so far, he certainly appears to project confidence and self-belief.


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