1 Feb 2017

Offer Made: Liverpool tried to sign 'incredible' €4m goal-machine on deadline day. 51 goals and assists for Madrid B

Liverpool reportedly failed in a deadline day bid to sign one of Real Madrid's attacking players.

According to The Mirror:

"Liverpool made an offer for Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz [but] Mariano told Real chiefs that he wants to remain at the club".

The Express added:

"Mariano refused to leave [and] not even Liverpool's interest could entice the Real youth player from quitting Madrid".

Some info about the allegedly 'incredible' Mariano:

* Barcelona-born centre-forward. Contract with Madrid expires: 2021

* Madrid B/C Teams: 51 goals/assists in 75 apps (One every 88 mins)

* Madrid: 6 goals/assists in 9 games (One every 37 mins)

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Strong and sturdy. Cannon of a right foot. Athleticism and ability to smash through defenders with pace and power. He will bounce off defenders and dribble through you until he finds his way. It’s obliterating and exhausting".

* Dec 2016: After scoring a hat-trick for Madrid, Mariano enthused: "It's a dream. Scoring one goal is incredible, but a hat trick is unreal. An amazing feeling of happiness" .

If this is true, then it surely suggests that Daniel Sturridge's time at Anfield is drawing to a close. Mariano is 23, so if he'd signed, he almost certainly would've gone straight into the first team squad, and as a striker, he'd be direct competition for Sturridge. It also shows that Klopp is actively looking for reinforcements upfront, and that means only one thing: he's not satisfied with his current options.


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