5 Liverpool Transfer Rumours That Won't Happen and Why
The January transfer window hasn't seen much real action for Liverpool yet, but that hasn't stopped the journalists from conjuring up speculation and sending the rumour mill into its annual mid-winter overdrive.
There's one reason why the newspapers make up transfer stories: to sell papers. It makes money, it's their job.
There are also plenty of reasons why 99 percent of transfer stories will never happen: price, age, rivalry and pure fiction.
Here are a selection of Liverpool transfer rumours that won't happen for one reason or another this January.
Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea
With Liverpool's ailments at left-back being a recurring problem this season, the Reds were linked with a move for Chelsea's outcast Ryan Bertrand in the lead up to the January transfer window.
Despite Ashley Cole's absence from the Chelsea team this season, Jose Mourinho has preferred Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back to Bertrand.
John Percy and Jason Burt of the Telegraph reported renewed interest in the 24-year-old in late November, with Liverpool having shown an interest last summer, as per Jeremy Wilson and Jason Burt of the Telegraph.
However, John Cross reported in the Mirror earlier this month that Chelsea could refuse to allow Bertrand to leave on loan to Anfield due to the poor progress of Victor Moses' loan spell on Merseyside.
In reality, it seems that Chelsea actually now consider Liverpool a bigger threat after a good first half of the season and are reluctant to let Bertrand go to a Top Four and title rival.
Martin Montoya from Barcelona
Montoya would be the perfect solution to Liverpool's full-back problems.
He is the perfect Brendan Rodgers full-back—athletic enough to cover the entire length of the wing, and able enough to cover both defensive and attacking duties.
When Ian Ayre supposedly flew to Barcelona to seal a deal for Montoya in November, as per David Maddock of the Mirror, Liverpool looked like favourites to sign the 22-year-old.
However, Montoya has since played more regularly for the Catalan giants, and Liam Prenderville of the Mirror suggested earlier this month that he is ready to negotiate a new contract at the Nou Camp.
Luke Shaw from Southampton
Shaw is one of the Premier League's most talked about young English prospects, after a solid start to the season in Southampton's resolute defence.
Although that defensive wall has crumbled somewhat as of late, 18-year-old Shaw remains an interest to several Premier League clubs.
Rumours of Liverpool wanting to sign Shaw turned to reports last week when Matt Law of the Telegraph suggested Liverpool had "registered an interest" with Southampton.
However, with a transfer tag in excess of £30 million being talked about, and Champions League sides such as Chelsea chasing his signature, as per Neil Fissler of the Express, it seems highly unlikely Liverpool would land the England under-21 international footballer.
Mathieu Valbuena from Marseille
Alex Richards of the Mirror initially reported Liverpool's interest in French international midfielder Valbuena earlier this month.
It is true that the Reds could do with a new defensive midfielder to take the pressure off the centre-backs and find a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard, who has since occupied that holding midfield role.
However, at 29 years old, a move for Valbuena would be completely out of character for Liverpool's owners, who are looking to rebuild Liverpool with young players on lower wages.
Luis Suarez to Paris Saint-Germain
Despite the fiasco involving Luis Suarez in the summer: all the headlines, the rejected £40 million + £1 bid from Arsenal, and him signing a new contract with Liverpool in December, PSG reportedly lined up a £35 million bid for the Uruguayan last week, as per Spanish newspaper Marca, reported by Metro.
It's probably the most laughable transfer story of January so far, with some speculating that Suarez's new contract includes a release clause for this summer in excess of £70 million.
Nice try, PSG.