Readers of this blog will know we strongly believe, or should I say, believed, that Leon Goretzka would be joining Arsenal and not Liverpool. However, after reading a statement credited to RB Leipzig director of football, Oliver Mintzlaff, yesterday, we are beginning to change our stance. According to Oliver Mintzlaff, Naby Keita, who will be joining Liverpool in the summer was “enthralled” by Jurgen Klopp, and for that, he rejected a move to Barcelona for Liverpool.
Rejecting Barca for Liverpool for the opportunity to work under Klopp? That’s massive. It is not a common thing to hear in football that a player, an established player, who will certainly be in the first eleven, would reject the Spanish giants for a club like Liverpool.
We all know German players have a liking for Jurgen Klopp, for his achievements at Borussia Dortmund, but what we never knew is that it is so much that it could make anyone choose Liverpool over Barcelona. And for this reason, we now believe Leon Goretzka could well be on his way to Anfield instead of Arsenal. The German midfielder has been linked intensely with both clubs over the past few weeks.
German national team manager Oliver Bierhoff had recently hinted that the player will be playing in the Premier League soon but it is not clear which club he will join. Aside from Arsenal and Liverpool he has also been linked with Tottenham.
But could the influence of Klopp help Liverpool win the race? Never say never. The race we strongly believe is between Liverpool and Arsenal. Could Klopp be more persuasive than Arsene Wenger here? Only time will tell.