Liverpool’s search for a defensive midfielder has been quite the mess, with both Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo opting to join Chelsea over the Reds.
In their desperate attempt to replace Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, Liverpool have signed 30-year-old Wataru Endo from Stuttgart and tried to pass it off as a signing they actually intended to make.
But it is clear the Reds still want a younger midfielder and yet again, they have been dealt a blow on that front.
Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Roland Virkus has told Liverpool he has no intention of selling Manu Kone:
“We don’t have to sell him,” Virkus told Bild.
“But it was always like this: if there is another immense offer, then we have to think about it. But that’s not the plan. Our plan is to keep Kone.
“Kone is a player who has something different, he gives you as a team a better balance in midfield.
“He’s coming back after the international break and he’s very important to us, a tough and intelligent footballer. We need stability in this position.”