Liverpool’s Matip and Gomez in Al Ettifaq’s Radar: A Transfer Possibility?
Transfer Talks Heating Up
Liverpool’s Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have recently been the subject of significant transfer speculation. According to Ben Jacobs, in an exclusive for CaughtOffside, these two Reds players are being eyed by Saudi Pro League club Al Ettifaq. This news comes amidst broader discussions about Liverpool’s strategy and their players’ future.
Gerrard’s Strategic Moves
Former Liverpool legend and current manager of Al Ettifaq, Steven Gerrard, reportedly held a lengthy three-hour transfer meeting discussing potential recruits. Among the names mentioned were Liverpool duo Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. “Ettifaq are exploring a range of ambitious options both in January and this summer to bolster Gerrard’s squad… Liverpool’s Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, and Villa’s Bertrand Traore, were also discussed for summer 2024,” Jacobs elaborated in his report.
Liverpool’s Openness to Transfers
Liverpool’s history of dealings with Saudi clubs, particularly the sales of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho last summer, suggests a potential openness to negotiations. The club might consider releasing a squad player like Gomez, while Matip, edging closer to free agency, also appears to be a viable option for transfer.
Future Plans and Player Sentiment
The departure of Jordan Henderson from Al Ettifaq has raised questions about the club’s future direction and player morale. Jacobs hinted that the inclusion of familiar faces like Matip and Gomez might be a strategy to ensure Henderson feels more at home at his new club. “Some of these names may be presented to Henderson to help reassure him of future plans and the project,” Jacobs suggested. This move could be a strategic play to bolster the club’s appeal to its players, especially those familiar with the Premier League style and environment.