The arrival of Jurgen Klopp has inspired many to feel that no player is off-limits to Liverpool in the transfer window. But with so many potential targets this January, the Anfield boss is apparently scratching one young defender from his wish list.
According to the Mirror, Liverpool have ended their bid for 24-year-old Barcelona defender Martin Montoya. Liverpool had reportedly been interested in Montoya since 2013 under former manager Brendan Rodgers.
But the Mirror reported that Klopp has made it clear he is not interested in bringing Montoya – currently on loan to Internazionale – to Liverpool.
Montoya won two European Under-21 titles for Spain in 2011 and in 2013. He has also played sparingly for Barcelona’s main team after making his senior debut with Barcelona B.
The agent for Martin Montoya, Juan De Dios Carrasco, said that his client intends does not plan to transfer away from Barcelona for the time being either.
“We believe he needs more time to adapt and there are no plans to leave,” Carrasco said. “Barcelona have loaned him for two seasons and that remains the same.”
Liverpool got a solid defensive effort out of their starting XI this past weekend against Tottenham Hotspur, holding the high-octane Spurs to a scoreless draw in Klopp’s Premier League debut.