With Chelsea about to take the final and winning step of the long Premier League marathon, Liverpool fans cannot help but reflect upon that they were in contention for winning the title till January. Chelsea went on a 13 game winning streak, equalling the record for the most consecutive wins in a Premier League season and still, Liverpool was right up there with them until of course, their wheels fell off.
Following a few injuries and defensive howlers, Liverpool just couldn't match the intensity of Antonio Conte's men and from being in title race contention, saw their top four place in doubt. Although now it seems Liverpool will finish fourth behind Chelsea, Spurs and Man City, on paper they are not a match for quality.
With Champions looming, Liverpool know they need to strengthen the squad and that's why they are linked with many players including Real Madrid's Marco Asensio. Asensio plays second fiddle to bale and Ronaldo (we cannot blame him) and wants more first team action and that's why recently he mentioned his desire to leave Los Blancos.
Let's know about all the happenings.
Liverpool are making him and Virgil Van Dijk a priority as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his Liverpool side.
Liverpool made a huge £42 million bid for Asensio only to see it being rejected immediately by Real Madrid. Zidane has made it clear that Asensio is in his long term plans and he doesn't intend to sell him.
Asensio despite all the talent that he has, cannot displace Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo from the first team. He has a knack for coming off the bench and impacting the game but he wants to play a further role.
According to Spanish newspaper Diario Gol, he has told club officials he's happy to move to 'Liverpool, Arsenal or Juventus' if Zinedine Zidane only sees him as a rotation option.
With impressive pace and stamina combined with phenomenal technique and dribbling ability, there's no doubt that he'll be a great fit at Liverpool. He and Mane could cause havoc in England and in Europe and would fit perfectly under Jurgen Klopp's brand of heavy metal football.
Real Madrid is one of the few clubs in the world that cannot be forced into selling a particular player. Asensio, despite Liverpool's interest, cannot force a move unless Real's president Florentino Perez sanctions it. Perez is a fan of Asensio and wants him to be a Real Madrid superstar and advised him to keep patience. Although it's unlikely, Real might sell him, anything is possible. Should Liverpool offer a good transfer sum, why not?