By ‘The Don’ – @donkopleone
It would appear that Liverpool are unlikely to make a January move for Trabzonspor starlet Abdulkadir Omur, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Turkish website Futbol Arena last week suggested that the Reds would battle Premier League rivals Manchester City for the midfielder, who is rated at €30million (£27million) by his club.
Omur, 19, has been nicknamed the “Turkish Messi”, and had even discussed the rumours linking him with an Anfield switch.
“Liverpool are a great club, one of the greatest in the world,” he told Turkish media, before adding, “These offers are something Trabzonspor need to discuss.” – Abdulkadir Omur
However, Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce dismissed the rumours, claiming he would be surprised if Liverpool were to make any significant additions this month.
Not only would that mean no move for Omur, but it would suggest that the league-leaders will not immediately address the injury to Dejan Lovren, which has left them with just one fit senior central defender.
This sentiment was echoed by Kop boss Jurgen Klopp, after his side’s 2-1 FA Cup loss to Wolves last night.
“Everything is sorted with buying players,” said the German, when asked whether he may dip into the market, “We have four centre-halves. Three, maybe, two-and-a-half are injured so we’ll have to try and come through in the moment.”
Since Klopp came to Merseyside, he has only once splashed out on a big transfer during the winter window, when Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive defender of all time at the start of 2018.
Both Marko Grujic and Steven Caulker joined in Klopp’s first window, but neither were significant investments.
Other than that, it has become customary for Liverpool to wait until the summer to do their dealings, so any move for Omur would most likely have to wait until then.