Liverpool are reportedly considering an approach to sign Marcelo Brozovic this summer amid claims the Croatian caught Jurgen Klopp’s eye during last week’s Champions League round-of-16 clash at the San Siro.
The Reds – winners of the competition in 2019 – look well placed to reach the quarter-finals again after a 2-0 first-leg win on Wednesday. However, Klopp’s side were forced to dig deep for their victory, thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
Indeed, they were the only two shots on target Liverpool could muster all game. As such, their usual attacking verve was restricted due to a number of key performers in the Inter Milan side.
One of those was the performance of Ivan Perisic down the left. He was so good that a Liverpool icon claimed one of Klopp’s favourite players is now their weak link in the side.
Perisic’s performance was matched by experienced duo Brozovic and Arturo Vidal in midfield. The pair ensured a tight and tense battle in the midfield on the night. Indeed, Klopp brought on both Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita to try and gain more control in the middle.
So good though was Brozovic’s performance, though, that Klopp is now reportedly considering a move for the 29-year-old after he blew him away.
The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to sign a new deal. As such, he is available to move on as a free agent as things stand.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport claimed recently that player and club had come to an agreement over a new deal. In their report, they claim Brozovic is in line to take €6million per season over four years. But Fichajes throw a Liverpool-shaped spanner in the works.
Brozovic can benefit Liverpool
In fact, they state negotiations between Brozovic and Inter are ‘stalling’ with ‘a number of clubs now taking note’.
Among them, they claim Liverpool are growing increasingly interested at bringing the player to Anfield.
They claim, however, that Liverpool are not noted for signing players either 30 or over, or at least approaching that age. At 29, Brozovic falls into that category.
Liverpool and Chelsea are both in for Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic
Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly both interested in Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic, with more news on Raheem Sterling and Thomas Tuchel.
As such, they claim Klopp is willing to ‘break his transfer strategy’ to bring Brozovic to Merseyside. It’s reported that Klopp feels the Inter man can add depth to his squad and help his team tactically too.
Furthermore, as James Milner and, in particular Luka Modric have shown, you can still control a midfield area even during advancing years.
That said, the report does seem slightly flawed given Klopp spent £25m to sign Thiago Alcantara six months prior to his 30th birthday.
Milner tipped for wage cut to stay at Liverpool
Milner, meanwhile, looks destined to remain at Anfield with talks underway over a new deal on Merseyside.
And pundit Danny Mills is backing Klopp’s decision to extend the veteran star’s stay – even though another deal would take him well beyond the age of 37.
“I’ve been quite surprised about people kicking up a fuss about this,” Mills said.
“People saying ‘I can’t believe they’re going to give James Milner a new contract, he hardly plays’.
“They’re not going to offer him £500,000-a-week, it’s going to be relative. I assume it’s going to be less than he’s earning now.
“It will be relative to the number of games he’s played and there will be a bit of loyalty thrown in there too.
“He’s very, very good around the place, he’s reliable, he’s professional. He sets the right example to the other players and the players coming through. He’s got a wealth of experience.”