Liverpool plans to strengthen their attack by January in preparation for the second half of the season might have suffered a huge blow in the acquisition of Empoli forward, Riccardo Saponara. The Serie A side’s Sporting Director, Marcello Carli, isn’t willing to let any player leave his side until summer, meaning a January move for the Italian attacker would take a lot of negotiations and right price to work out. Klopp has stressed the need for Liverpool to get quality forwards by the winter transfer window if they want to improve the 6th place they finished with last term.
Saponara is highly rated at the Serie A, and after the 23 year-old made a great impression for his side last season with 7 goals in the League, he is on course to beat his record as he has 4 goals and 3 assists already in 8 starts this season. An integral member of the Empoli team, the club isn’t willing to let him go despite some youngsters showing similar qualities to the Italian forward with him unavailable for selection due to suspension. Liverpool have had scouts monitor the attacking midfielder and are keen for a January move for his services.
Carli however says: “We’re used to rumours about our players, it means we’re doing well. Saponara in particular is an important player for us and his absence [through suspension] is weighing heavily. You have to see the positives in every situation though, and without Riccardo some interesting young players have had the chance to prove their quality.”
The player himself isn’t particularly keen on leaving the club for now, as he is always guaranteed his starting spot compared to elsewhere where competition might abound. With the Euros 2016 also in view, the 23 year-old is hoping to make coach Antonio Conte’s squad for the tournament and remaining with Empoli till the end of the season is the move in the right direction into achieving that.