22 Feb 2017

Klopp raves: I'd 'love to sign 'fantastic' £60m playmaker; he's a 'great player'. Agree?

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he once tried to sign one Spurs' most important players.

In an interview this week with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Klopp confirmed that he tried to sign Christian Eriksen during his time at Borussia Dortmund. He explained:

"At that time [2013] we went after Mkhitaryan, de Bruyne and Eriksen, but we we could only get one. Since then, Eriksen taken a big step forward with Tottenham. He's a great player, and everyone would love to have him on his team".

As many fans will remember, Liverpool were endlessly linked with 'fantastic' Eriksen during the 2012-13 season, and at one point, credible reports claimed that the Dane had agreed personal terms with LFC. At one point, ex-Red Ryan Babel tweeted:

"I am convincing [Christian] Eriksen to join Liverpool. He asked me about the club and I hope he joins"

For some inexplicable reason, Liverpool decided that £16m on Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas represented better value that £11m on Eriksen. Prior to signing for Spurs, Eriksen even admitted that Liverpool were an ' definitely an option', and revealed that he 'talked to Daniel Agger' in a bid to learn more about the Reds. With that in mind, it's hard to understand the ludicrous thought-process behind the ridiculous conclusion that Alberto and Aspas = better deal.

Since signing for Spurs, Eriksen has 81 goals/assists in 164 games for Spurs (One every 161 mins), which is more than worth the comparatively meagre £11m transfer fee. Compare that with revered LFC fan-favourite Coutinho - who has 69 goals/assists in 168 appearances for LFC (One every 182 mins) and it's clear that Eriksen is doing fantastically well at White Hart Lane.

£11m? It still kills me! It's transfer negligence of the highest order. According to the CIES football observatory, Eriksen is now worth £60m, and whilst some fans may scoff at that figure, it's worth remembering that Eriksen's creative return is *superior* to Coutinho, who - according to fans and the media - is allegedly worth €75m+.

On a related note: This quote from Eriksen sums up my antipathy towards the running culture instituted by Jurgen Klopp at Anfield:

"I’ve always been a player on the move. It’s not because I like running. I like getting the ball. If you are smart enough, you don’t need to run. They run less at Barcelona as they always have the ball".


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