Liverpool fans react to speculation Klopp wants world-class playmaker, he is available for bargain fee
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool fans have reacted with delight on Twitter to speculation that the club will try to prise James Rodriguez from Real Madrid this summer.
Sky Sports’ Spanish expert Guillem Balague revealed in a question-and-answer session on the broadcaster’s website on Friday that the Merseyside giants are keen to land the world-class playmaker.
Balague claimed Manchester United are also pushing hard to sign the 25-year-old for what could be a relatively bargain £30million fee in the forthcoming transfer window.
— Sky Sports La Liga (@revistadelaliga) April 7, 2017
Balague, who is renowned as a transfer expert, explained that Real want to cash in on the Colombia international and accept a massive loss on the £64million fee they paid for him after his stunning displays at the 2014 World Cup.
Liverpool fans are delighted at the link to a proven performer on the world stage, and are excited that a Jurgen Klopp target could be signed for an affordable fee.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
JAMES RODRIGUEZ FOR £30??? I HOPE WE’RE ALREADY IN TALKS WITH MADRID!! #LFC (I like rodriguez hence the caps)
— Nate (@nathan_p91) April 7, 2017
James Rodriguez for £30m I’ll take that all day #LFC
— Sam Ryan Cooper (@samcooper92) April 7, 2017
Seems Like we’re interested in James Rodriguez #LFC Great News!
— Robert Awedissian (@RobertSturidge) April 7, 2017
So much talk of us going for James Rodriguez in the summer, I know it won’t happen so trying not to get excited, but just imagine ???? #LFC
— Simon Peacock (@THESimonPeacock) April 7, 2017
We needs to buy top quality players in the summer like James Rodriguez and Isco and mertens #LFC
— Paul (@Janelslair) April 8, 2017
Sanchez, Rodriguez, Aubameyang and Koscielny in the summer! Sorted #LFC
— Elmore (@AlanElmore8) April 7, 2017
Apparently, the race to sign James Rodriguez will be between #LFC and Man Utd. Need Klopp’s pulling power to get that one over the line.
— TD (@DyerThomas) April 7, 2017
Klopp has not paid huge sums of money on players since taking over at Liverpool in October 2015, but sanctioned the £35million capture of Sadio Mane and the £25million signing of Georginio Wijnaldum last summer.
Rodriguez has slipped down the Real pecking order this season as manager Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that he is not a first choice.
Nevertheless, the 53-times Colombia international has a creditable record of six goals and 13 assists from 25 matches in all competitions in 2016-17.
By comparison, Rodriguez scored 17 goals and provided 18 assists in 46 appearances in his first season at Real, followed by a less impressive eight goals and 10 assists from 32 games in the last campaign.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a Bundesliga sensation reportedly on Liverpool’s radar has sealed a summer switch.