Liverpool have beaten Tottenham Hotspur to Luis Diaz and while there are still final details to complete, Sky Sports reporter, Michael Bridge, says the Londoners were prepared to match the Reds financially.
The Lily Whites were the first to make a bid for Diaz but given Liverpool’s long-term plans to sign the Colombian, they were forced to accelerate their interest and he is now set to join them this month.
It’s a blow for Antonio Conte and I feel disappointed for Spurs fans as they are missing out on a true entertainer purely because Liverpool are further along in their project and can offer Diaz a greater chance at winning silverware.
Paul Joyce reported this morning that Liverpool will pay an initial £37.5million to sign the stunning forward.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Michael Bridge offers encouragement to Spurs fans as far as their financial ambition is concerned but Liverpool supporters will be delighted to Diaz chose the them over Tottenham.
“On Diaz, Spurs were prepared to match the fee, match everything Liverpool are going to pay.
“I need to say this because I know that’s the case. On this occasion, the player simply wants to go to Liverpool.
“And Liverpool’s interest has been long-term. It’s not like they’ve just come in and said: ‘We like the look of this player Spurs are getting. It’s been known for a long time.
“So just on this occasion, Spurs would have matched everything Liverpool are going to offer.
“But this player is going to join Liverpool.”
While many of us spend too much of our time complaining about FSG and how Manchester City dominate the Premier League, we should take a moment to consider how far we’ve come in recent years.
It wasn’t too long ago that Roy Hodgson was saying that the Reds weren’t too big a club to get relegated and while the new Watford manager may have been correct, technically, the Anfield outfit should always be aiming for the highest targets not hoping to avoid the drop.
Yet, here we are comfortably beating Premier League rivals to exciting attacking signings that could genuinely take Jurgen Klopp’s side up another notch and I do wonder if Pep Guardiola will be telling his players to avoid complacency as Liverpool will feel more confident in their title race hopes.