6 Mar 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Legend urges Liverpool to sign 'fantastic' €60m Madrid sensation. Huge offer made already in 2016

With Daniel Sturridge on the outs, a new striker is arguably a top priority for Liverpool this summer, and according to one pundit, Jurgen Klopp should try and persuade one of La Liga's top players to sign for the Reds.

Speaking to ESPN this week, Ipswich legend Paul Mariner insisted:

"Liverpool need that number 9. He [Klopp[ has got to try and steal Morata from Real Madrid from under Chelsea’s nose. Morata can come in and be a fantastic focal point for Liverpool".

Transfer Timeline:

* Jun 2013: Brendan Rodgers reportedly wanted Morata as a makeweight in a proposed Luis Suarez move to Real Madrid.

* Jan 2014: Liverpool allegedly put in a 'concrete offer' for Morata.

* Feb 2015: The Mirror claimed that Liverpool were planning a summer bid for Morata.

* Jan 2016: Sky Sports claimed that Juventus 'turned down a €60m offer from Liverpool for Morata'.

* Apr 2016: Tutto Sport reported: "Juventus have had enquiries about Morata from Tottenham and Liverpool, and the club is willing to sell for €50-€60m".

Some info about Morata, whose football idol is Madrid legend Raul:

* Juventus: 47 goals/assists (47) in 93 apps (One every 99 mins)

* This Season: 14 goals/assists in 31 apps (One every 95)

* According to Jamie Carragher: "Morata is one of the hottest young strikers in Europe. It would be intriguing to see Morata [in the Premier League].

* Thiago Alcantara's assessment: “Morata is an exceptional player and he’s really given us a lot. He’s a great No 9".

Morata is averaging just 43 minutes of playing time per game this season, and last week, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claimed that Real Madrid are 'comfortable with the idea of selling Alvaro Morata, who wants to go'. Real boss Zinedine Zidane is spinning a different story, though, and when asked last month about Morata's future, he told reporters:

"He [Morata] wants to play more, like every player, but he's not thinking about leaving here as this is his home."

Jurgen Klopp claimed this week that he has money to spend, so should Liverpool pursue Morata?


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