Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has distanced himself from the rumours linking Alexandre Pato for a move to Anfield in January. Having done that, he has opened doors for Manchester United to sign the striker after Red Devils had made enquiries about his availabiluty earlier in the season.
Several recent reports suggested that Liverpool were close to signing Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed all the reports linking his club with the 26-year old.
It is believed that Pato’s agent instigated the rumors by offering his client to European clubs. The striker is determined to leave Corinthians and has been touted around a number of clubs even before the transfer window opened.
With Liverpool struggling with injuries, the rumors were fuelled. While Klopp may have intentions of strengthening the squad, he dismissed the reports linking him to the Brazilian forward.
“I could say the truth but no,” he said at a news conference on Monday. “Because I don’t want to answer all of the questions about [possible targets], I would like to say that we don’t talk about things like this before we sign contracts.”
“But you don’t have to follow the Pato path any longer — that’s only my private advice”, he added.
Pato was regarded as one of the brightest talents in Europe but failed to live up to his expectations. He is also injury prone and may not be the right person Liverpool are looking for even with a meagerly 11 million price tag.
Liverpool have just one fit striker in Christian Benteke while Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are all out injured. Klopp will surely try and secure an attacker before the window ends and will hopefully solve the crisis at the club.