Liverpool have shelved plans to sign Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes in the January transfer window.
Jurgen Klopp had been interested in signing the Dutch international and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum fuelled speculation last month that his compatriot was moving to Anfield.
Promes, 25, has eight goals in 17 appearances for Spartak this time and his arrival would be timely given Philippe Coutinho’s injury problems and Sadio Mane’s absence at the Africa Cup of Nations.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Liverpool do not intend upon pursuing a deal for the winger this month and could leave any move until the summer.
That decision could pave the way for neighbours Everton to swoop in with the Toffees believe to be keeping a keen eye on the forward.
With Coutinho returning from injury and Daniel Sturridge ready and available, it appears the boss has decided a big money signing is not necessary – although we still appear pretty short.
With Danny Ings injured long-term, we have Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sturridge and Divock Origi competing for three positions this month – with the only backup very young players like Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn. Considering we’ve a game every three of four days, any injuries will be a devastating blow.
But Klopp knows what he’s doing, and if he wants to spend money – he will do.
Perhaps we’ll get a surprise like we did last January, when Klopp signed Steven Caulker on loan and used him as a makeshift striker off the bench on a few occasions!