The Seville media continue to cover Aissa Mandi’s situation, with the defender being linked to Liverpool for several months.

A few days ago, Estadio Deportivo reported that sources close to the situation had suggested interest from Jurgen Klopp’s side has been overplayed. The Reds have been linked with endless options for central defence, with Betis’ Mandi being one of them, yet it’s thought they’d have other options should they decide on another signing.

Liverpool will be welcoming players back from injury over the coming months and if they’re to add another defender, it’s now thought they’d be going for a younger option, and not someone like 29-year-old Mandi.

Despite all of that, the claims continue, and it could be all part of Mandi’s entourage pressuring Betis into offering a better deal than they otherwise would have.

Estadio Deportivo report the player has ‘made his claims very clear’ and wants €2m a year, after tax, and a good length of contract. There’s growing optimism at Betis that a deal can be agreed, partly because of their resurgence this season.

Whether Liverpool links have pressured the club into offering better terms would surely only be known by Mandi’s entourage and Betis.