On Thursday came the big news from Spain that Liverpool had thrown the kitchen sink at Marco Asensio by offering Real Madrid €50m for the young forward’s services.

Radio Cope were the first to report it, and now AS have also confirmed the move, with Jürgen Klopp following the 21-year-old’s progress for a long time.

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Bursting onto the La Liga scene via a very successful loan spell at Espanyol last season, Asensio was kept by Zidane for his Real Madrid first-team squad, who has repaid his manager’s faith with nine goals and three assists in 29 appearances in all competitions this season.

Already capped twice by his country, the forward is one of the top-rated youngsters in Europe these days and is highly-rated by his club, meaning they aren’t prepared to sell.

Real Madrid’s answer to Liverpool’s very large offer was apparently ‘he isn’t for sale at any price’, and Zidane is looking to get rid of James Rodriguez in the summer in order to offer Marco Asensio more time on the pitch for the 2017/18 campaign.

Unless things change drastically at the Spanish giants in the coming months, it seems Liverpool’s efforts to sign him will be futile, and they would be better off looking elsewhere to bolster their attack.

Perhaps go after James instead?