The Reds were longing for a star centre-back this January window.
Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer believes the Reds could not have signed Dayot Upamecano or Kalidou Koulibaly in the January window.
The Reds have been linked with some of the stellar centre-backs from all around Europe but instead had to settle for Ben Davies from Preston North End and Ozan Kabak from Schalke.
“The January transfer window is always a tricky period to sign players and clubs like to inflate the price,” the former Reds midfielder told Free Super Tips.
“If a club is looking at signing players midway through the season, they’re doing it because they need them, which means there is a premium on the players’ fee.
“Liverpool were desperate for a centre back, which everyone knew about, so the top-level players they would be looking at, aren’t available right now at the price they would want to pay.
“You have Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly that everyone keeps talking about and they aren’t going to be let go for cheap money.
“RB Leipzig won’t want to sell Upamecano as they’re still in the Champions League, facing Liverpool, they want £50 million for him, Koulibaly is reportedly up for £70million, which is out of range for most clubs right now.
“Everyone throws a few extra million onto a player’s price when they know a club is desperate.”
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