Of all the crazy transfer tales Liverpool have been involved in over the years, this takes some beating
Football fans are obsessed by transfers. After all, there is little more exciting than a new signing rocking up at your club.
No sooner has a player been linked with a side and the FIFA and Football Manager experts are out in full force, debating his abilities, social media is awash with supporters demanding signings and debating transfer fees and YouTube is littered with ‘Welcome to’ compilations which could make any player resemble a Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool ’s sole signing of the summer so far, Ibrahima Konate, was naturally given all such treatment throughout last season as links with the Reds emerged before Jurgen Klopp ’s side struck a £36m deal with RB Leipzig for the France Under-21s international.
Meanwhile, talk of Thiago Alcantara dominated Kopites’ minds throughout 2020 with his actual signing prompting euphoria and a chant for the Spaniard already compiled before the playmaker’s flight had even landed on Merseyside.
Such is the madness of 21st century football when you can dive into the darkest depths of any player’s career in the blink of an eye and watch any side’s match in any country with just the click of a button.
When Teletext was still a go-to news source for all the latest football news, scores and transfer rumours and when the gossip columns had the ability to set pulses racing with the turn of a page.
One reported Liverpool target managed just that back in November 1999, when the Reds were linked with another France Under-21s international, though a World Cup winning one at that too to already arouse suspicion at such a tale.