‘Always’: Romano shares what he’s heard regarding Sanches joining Liverpool

LILLE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 12:Renato Sanches of Lille OSC competes for the ball with Thiago Mendes of Olympique Lyon   during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lille OSC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Pierre Mauroy on December 12, 2021 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
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Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Liverpool remain interested in signing Renato Sanches.

Despite a lot of speculation involving midfielders this past summer, Liverpool didn’t sign a single one to replace Gini Wijnaldum.

Instead, Ibrahima Konate at £36 million was their only pre-season addition during the transfer window.

Sanches was heavily linked but cruciate ligament damage in August put paid to the Lille star’s hopes of joining Jurgen Klopp’s side.

He is now recovered, however, and the Italian journalist has claimed that he’s still very much on the Anfield club’s radar.

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He told Anfield Watch: “Renato Sanches has always been on the list for Liverpool. He is a player that they’ve been scouting and they appreciate but it is not true that it was a done deal in the summer.

“They were interested but they never made an official proposal because they were not happy with the price tag on him. Then he was injured so that collapsed things but they always had his name on their list.”

Still needed?

In a word, absolutely.

As mentioned, Liverpool didn’t go on to sign a midfielder after Sanches got injured during the summer.

So if Klopp and Michael Edwards wanted one then, they certainly do now.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t done much in midfield; Naby Keita is, as always, unreliable due to injury, while Curtis Jones has missed a chunk of the campaign with an eye problem.

Yes, Liverpool definitely still need a proper Wijnaldum replacement.

And in light of Romano’s claim that he’s ‘always’ been a player of interest, it’s intriguing to see if anything materialises this month.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool at AXA Training Centre on December 30, 2021 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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