The transfer market is closed, but the rumours never stop; now, the headlines say that Jordan Ibe and Joe Allen would be leaving Liverpool while Mario Gotze is heading in.
Watford f.c., one of Liverpool’s opponents in the Premier League will be considering a summer move for the pair Liverpool players, as both had been experiencing frustrating times in Anfield.
Joe Allen, 26, will enter the final 12 months of his Liverpool contract this summer but there had been no talks for an extension so far. Initial discussions were held towards the end of last season, but there were no furtherance of new deals since Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers.
The former Swansea City midfielder has impressed when given the opportunity by Klopp but has started only 10 of the manager’s 38 games and has admitted he is fighting for his future alongside Jordan Ibe at Anfield.
Ibe has also been experiencing a season to forget at Liverpool. England under-21 manager, Gareth Southgate also claimed that the winger had suffered a loss of confidence following his dismissal against Switzerland on Sunday.
The 20-year-old likewise had been restricted to a very small role under Klopp.
With the German coach rubbing his hands in anticipation of the transfer market that opens in a few months, Watford would be interested in testing both Ibe’s and Allen’s resolve to remain at Anfield.
On the other hand, having already closed deals for Joel Matip and Marko Grujic, Jurgen Klopp would look to tempt his fellow countryman Mario Gotze to Merseyside. There is also something of insurance to a deal as Klopp had previously worked with the German World Cup winner in Dortmund.
Liverpool’s interest in the player is already keenly established by fans and the fact he has struggled to regain a starting place in Pep Guardiola’s Bayern team following a long-term hamstring injury has only increased the speculation.
But even German coach Joachim Low had been positive about Gotze’s determination to stay ahead and in the game, saying that the forward’s goal against Italy in a recent friendly would boost his confidence.
“Mario earned this [performance] himself,” Löw told reporters.
“I can understand why he may be playing less at Bayern at the moment because they have a great squad and he was injured for a long time.”
Either way, by summer, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool would look a very different team. He most certainly would not hold back make huge changes to his team roster ahead of his full season in charge of Anfield.