talkSPORT suggest that Liverpool are due to make a £17m bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, it must be asked whether Liverpool are embarrassing themselves in aiming too high.
Atletico forward Diego Costa has recently turned down a move to Anfield citing that the love for his current club was the deciding factor. It can be said that there is certainly a lot more to it than that. Atletico are one of the in-form teams in the world right now.
Under manager Diego Simeone, they finished 3rd last season, to add to the European Super Cup in which they won in an impressive victory over then Champions League winner Chelsea, and have carried on that form this season winning 8 out of their 8 opening matches.
Liverpool on the other hand are going into a fourth consecutive season without Champions League football, and despite a promising start to the season, aren’t considered Premier League contenders this year around.
Liverpool have, and always will have, the stature of a great club however players are beginning to see through the notion of a ‘sleeping giant’ and instead witness a possible mediocrity on the cards.
If Liverpool are to pull off this deal, it will be an incredible coup for the club. Koke is still young, 21, and has been playing first team football at the Spanish club for a few years now, collecting 118 appearances. Last season, he lead the team board in assists and has already contributed six more this campaign.
Brendan Rodgers will feel that central midfield is a weak spot for his side and this can often prove disastrous when playing against quick, flowing football. Koke will add the qualities that Joe Allen was brought in for; a good range of passing and an industrious nature. He will sure up the midfield and allow Lucas to sit deep to protect the defence.
Steven Gerrard isn’t as mobile as he once was, so to have a dynamic and talented central midfielder join the side will give Liverpool that something more they are crying out for.
Atletico is his hometown club. His relationship with Simeone is proving to be very successful. He’s on his way to more medals and closer challenges with Spain’s big two. With all this in mind, it seems very unlikely that Koke will want to leave it all for a dusty Anfield.