Liverpool do have previous when it comes to signing players that have previously wrecked their title hopes – but are the Merseysiders really about to swoop for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie?
Brendan Rodgers’ side had gone into the final week of the season with a chance of winning the Premier League for the first time since their last triumph in 1990, yet their hopes all but evaporated on an incredible night at Selhurst Park.
Leading 3-0, the Reds somehow contrived to let Tony Pulis’ side score three times in the last 12 minutes to hand the Premier League initiative back to Manchester City.
Though Dwight Gayle scored twice, it was Bolasie that won the plaudits for a fine display which has reportedly put the former Plymouth winger on the radar of the Anfield club.
While it might not be on the same scale as the 1991 purchase of Michael Thomas, the man who scored an injury-time goal to give Arsenal a title-winning 2-0 win at Anfield on the last day of the 1988/89 season, Liverpool’s interest in Bolasie would come as a surprise.
Rodgers has continually said he wants to add quality to his side this summer as he bids to lead Liverpool to their first championship in 25 years – currently a 6/1 shot – and whether the Congo international, who failed to score a league goal last season in 21 appearances, fits the bill is questionable.
Bolasie has just one year left on his contract at Palace, and with the 25 year-old apparently attracting interest from teams in Spain and Italy, it seems unlikely he will be plying his trade at Anfield next term.
Whoever Liverpool sign, their first season back among Europe’s elite since 2009 is sure to be an exciting one for the club, who are 22/1 to mark their return to the Champions League by going all the way and winning the competition for the sixth time.