Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that Liverpool turned down the chance to sign free agent centre-back Ezequiel Garay.
Romano says that Garay was offered to Liverpool after leaving Valencia in the summer and the Reds decided that he was not the type of player they wanted to sign.
Liverpool are said to be patiently waiting for opportunities to arise in the transfer window and are in no rush to sign a centre-back, despite injury concerns.
Speaking on his Here We Go podcast, Romano offered some insight on Garay’s failed move to Liverpool.
“Garay was offered to Liverpool as a free agent but they said no. He’s not the type of player they want.
“They are in no rush, they are looking at the window for opportunities. They are more interested in extending contracts.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Looking at Garay and the last 18 months of his career, it appears as though Liverpool have made the right decision by avoiding a deal to bring him to Anfield. He only played 17 games in La Liga for Valencia last season and averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.60, which was a 0.30 decrease from his 2018/19 performances for the Spanish outfit. This suggests that he is on a downwards curve in terms of his playing career and that trend could then continue if he joined Liverpool, meaning that the Reds potentially avoided signing a problematic defender.
The former Argentinian international also turned 34 last month and is in the final throes of his career, which means that it would only be a short-term fix for Liverpool even if he was at a standard where he could improve Jurgen Klopp’s team. It could make more sense for Liverpool to wait until January before pursuing a younger defender who is match-fit and playing regular football for a club this season – as Garay is also a free agent and has not played any football this term.