And so, the biggest rivalry in the Premier league continues between Manchester United and Liverpool. Both may not look a shade of title contenders so far this season (in fact, neither is in the top four), but they represent the most successful clubs in Premier league history. Between them, they have won the Premier league title 38 times (United winning 20, while Liverpool follow with 18). This time though, the rivalry is off the pitch (if any this season, it will most likely be a fight for top four, rather than for the glory) and in the transfer market.
Manchester United pipped Liverpool to the signing of Dutch winger, Memphis Depay last summer. For a better part of that period, Liverpool were heavily linked to a move for Memphis Depay, but it was United that sealed the deal and captured their man. What was rumour has now been confirmed as Depay affirmed that he was contacted by Liverpool and talks were held. However, an agreement could not be reached and negotiations broke down.
Depay revealed this when he spoke to Dutch newspaper, AD.
“I spoke to Liverpool. They were really concrete, but because of an injury in their team they wanted to wait a bit”.
The failed quest by Liverpool to sign Depay smacks of the bureaucratic nature of transfer policy and process at the club. The club’s recruitment under the watch of Ian Ayre in the past few windows leave much to be desired considering the way and manner they were handled.
They have failed to land a number of their top targets and end up with second or third choices. Also, the club is renowned for its ridiculous under-pricing policies and stalling on reaching agreements. Different managers have had to deal with the transfer board’s methods and it remains to be seen if Jurgen Klopp will have it any different in January.
United may have gotten one over their arch rival, but it is Liverpool who are having the laugh now; what with the £30m ‘superb’ Depay horrendously heading an attempted back pass into the path of Glen Johnson who set up Bojan for the first goal in their two-nil loss at Stoke, Liverpool fans will be breathing a sigh of relief that Depay is not playing for them at the moment.