Liverpool explored the idea of signing Patrick Bamford this summer but were rejected by the player who was not “enthused” by the thought of being the fifth choice at Anfield.
Fans are still up in arms over the fact that the club didn’t sign a new forward in the summer and now that both Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino have picked up injuries, it’s even worse.
According to Goal’s Neil Jones, Liverpool wanted to sign Bamford but the former Chelsea striker rejected the Reds and I can understand why after spending four years with the Blues which resulted in six loan spells.
Bamford scored 17 Premier League goals last season for Leeds and would have made a fantastic addition to the Reds’ side but you can understand his unwillingness to join Liverpool as fifth choice especially given that him starting for Leeds just earned him a call up to the England squad.
“He’s an exceptional player,” Klopp said in April. “The work-rate is outstanding, and he still plays the football he plays on top of that, and scores goals. That’s rare.”
Jota is currently doing a fantastic job and I believe he’s a dark horse for the Golden Boot this season but Liverpool still don’t have a natural no.9 in their side which means they often don’t have a striker in the box.
Signing a player like Bamford would have given them a real figurehead for their attack but there’s no point crying over it now because there’s nothing to be done about it.
Fortunately, Jota and Salah have started the season in good form and if Sadio Mane can rediscover his goalscoring form which made him a menace when Liverpool won the Premier League, a few pundits might revise their title predictions.