As if the perils of raiding the ranks of supposedly lesser clubs were completely alien to them, Liverpool are alleged to be plotting a move for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie.
Man of the match in the Eagles’ 3-1 victory over Brendan Rodgers’ troops last time out, the 25-year-old is enjoying a burgeoning reputation in the Premier League, but his current boss Neil Warnock has stressed the player won’t be leaving in the near future.
“He won’t be going anywhere in January, no chance…I think he is made to measure for Palace. It is that kind of club with the stage and the fans.”
It’s a standpoint we’re inclined to agree with, Bolasie is indeed better off staying at Palace, especially if Liverpool are his only alternative, with these three reasons attesting to the argument.
Look what happened to Wilfried Zaha.
The one-time England international was the star of the show at Selhurst Park for a long time, prompting a £15m move to Manchester United.
Shortly after arriving at Old Trafford the Ivory Coast-born speedster realised that being a small fish in an enormous pond isn’t all that great and the rapid progress he was making has curtailed dramatically.
Zaha now finds himself back at Palace, though instead of being lauded as Croydon’s equivalent of Cristiano Ronaldo, he keeps the bench warm in case something happens to Bolasie.
Look what happened to the bulk of those who deserted ‘smaller’ sides for Anfield.
The list of assets to trade in their mid-table club comfort zones for a stab at Kop superstardom should be as prominent a deterrent to Bolasie as Zaha’s ill-fated Man Utd switch.
Simon Mignolet, Dejan Lovren, Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll are amongst the high-profile players plucked from also-ran obscurity by Liverpool for mega money to have had their reputations severely tarnished on Merseyside in recent seasons.
Look at Liverpool’s preferred formation.
Rodgers’ favoured ‘diamond’ configuration obviously holds no place for natural wide men.
The Reds’ notorious lack of a holding-midfielder means they’re unlikely to ditch this for a more winger-friendly formation, which would spell plenty of time on the sidelines for Bolasie, who would be expected to deliver instantly in the fleeting moments he was afforded on the pitch lest he be chalked up as completely useless.
As it stands, he’s 5/2 to sign for Liverpool by the end of the January window.