Jurgen Klopp has played down reports claiming Liverpool are on the verge of signing Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato.
It was reported by several outlets over the weekend that the Reds had agreed a deal with Corinthians for the 26-year-old, but Klopp hinted in his latest press conference on Monday that these stories are premature if not completely inaccurate.
Klopp advised journalists to stop linking Pato to Liverpool, suggesting there is very little chance of a deal being completed either this month or in the future.
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"My private advice to you is don't follow the Pato path any longer,” Klopp was quoted as saying by Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce.
There will be some Liverpool fans who’ll be breathing a sigh of relief after Klopp’s latest comments. Pato has not played in Europe since leaving AC Milan since 2012 and hasn’t exactly set South American football alight since returning to Brazil.
Pato may never fulfil his potential
Corinthians have been keen to sell Pato for several months now and any interested club should be able to drive the fee down to around the £5 million mark. It was reported that Liverpool were poised to spend in excess of £10 million for the former wonderkid.
There’s no doubt Pato possesses extraordinary talent but there must be real doubts now over whether he will ever fulfil his immense potential.
Liverpool would have provided the striker with a good platform to resurrect his career, but it seems Anfield has now been ruled out as a potential next destination.
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