Klopp previews Liverpool's Premier League clash against Man City
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Chelsea and Liverpool are sat at the top of the Premier League after seven games, with the Blues claiming first-place by one point. Along with Manchester City, the two clubs are expected to battle it out for the title all season long, and they were expected to battle off the field as well.
The teams were both linked with trying to secure the signature of exciting winger Federico Chiesa this year, who scored twice in Italy’s Euro 2020 success and was an ever-present threat for Roberto Mancini’s side.
Chiesa can play on both wings and has also been used as a striker previously too due to how he loves to race in behind and stretch defences.
Understandably, clubs have become interested in signing the 23-year-old but their plans have been handed a major blow it has been revealed.
Juventus, who have secured Chiesa on an obligatory loan-to-buy from Fiorentina, are not willing to sell their winger at any cost according to Fabrizio Romano.
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The journalist revealed that the Serie A giants see Chiesa as a “key part” of their project and that he is simply untouchable.
There was also reported interest from Bayern Munich for the Italian, but, of course, there appears to be no chance of that happening either.
However, it has been unveiled that may have been more likely that Chiesa would have gone to the Bundesliga than the Premier League despite the prospect of challenging for one of the best leagues in the world.
As per the Liverpool Echo, the Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that Liverpool previously attempted to sign Chiesa but were told by the player and his representatives that he had no intention of coming to England.
He said: “One of the first teams that had asked Fiorentina for Chiesa was Liverpool. But Chiesa said: ‘No, I don’t want to go to the Premier League because I want to stay in Italy.’
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“He had already promised himself to Juve for a while. Liverpool always arrive early for certain players. They had already arrived for Chiesa, but both Federico and his father said no to the Premier League at that moment.”
If reports were true, it is no surprise to hear that Liverpool were keen to sign Chiesa recently as they are lacking depth in the final third, which will become noticeable in 2022.
Next January, manager Jurgen Klopp will be without usual goalscorers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as the pair are away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, as well as Guinean midfielder Naby Keita.
Therefore, the former Borussia Dortmund boss will be relying on Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Diogo Jota to prevent their title charge from derailing.
Chelsea, on the other hand, don’t appear to need Chielsa as much as the Reds.
They have Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all competing for the two places on the wing either side of summer signing Romelu Lukaku.
With their pursuit of Chiesa seemingly over, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel may now turn his attention back to signing a defender having failed to bring one in over the summer.
The Stamford Bridge outfit were heavily linked with Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, but the clubs couldn’t agree on a fee for the French defender and he stayed in the La Liga as a result.
Sevilla’s sporting director said: “There was a club that he (Kounde) liked, which was Chelsea,”
“The first and only formal offer did not satisfy our desires and was conditional on Chelsea selling a player. It was an important offer, considering the current world where there are so many hardships, but it did not meet our demands, conditions, or quantities.”
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