Liverpool wanted to sign Luke Shaw earlier this summer – report

by Leo Nieboer

Liverpool were prepared to make a move for Luke Shaw earlier this summer, only to be told that the Englishman wasn’t for sale, according to reports.

The two clubs last did business way back in 1964 – before Liverpool were relevant enough to form a rivalry with Manchester United – when forward Phil Chisnall moved to Anfield.

Five other players – including Paul Ince, Peter Beardsley and Michael Owen – have played for both clubs, but Chisnall remains the only one to make a direct transfer.

However, according to the Sun‘s Neil Ashton, Jurgen Klopp made enquiries about replacing the unreliable Alberto Moreno with Shaw, but was told in no uncertain terms that no such transfer could ever happen.

I would like to think that this hilariously out-of-the-question transfer was conceived by Klopp during a booze-fuelled summer break. You can almost imagine the German, as part of a drinking game, thinking of the most outrageous bid he could make, whilst also cursing Moreno, the useless *insert German insult* before shouting the Englishman’s name and letting out a booming laugh as he picks up his phone.

On a serious note, however, while Shaw will miss the start of the season, his presence will be vital this season. He has displayed an improved work rate and convinced Mourinho to give him another chance to impress.

His bustling, energetic influence on the left hand side would help drag defenders away from Anthony Martial going forward, combining with Antonio Valencia to stretch teams next season.

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