The Reds were of course interested in the Brazilian route in 2013 before moving to Chelsea, but its resurfacing in the gossip columns in 2020 was somewhat of a surprise this week.
Of course, it goes without saying that most of the transfer speculation regarding Jurgen Klopp reds should be taken with a tablespoon of salt at best.
These measures should even be doubled when football is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, where, it is understood, actual progress against targets is expected to be minimal at Anfield.
And perhaps the stories from Spain – in this case, SPORT – about a Brazilian playing in England should also temper the idea that Willian, 31, is a realistic target for defending Premier champions Klopp’s League.
ECHO understands that the versatile Chelsea striker is not under study in Liverpool, but when diving under the surface, it may be understandable that the Reds are linked to the aging of free agents in the future.
Especially given that there is no real way to determine what the global transfer market will look like once the full financial impact of COVID-19 is felt through sport.
The delicate football ecosystem is finding more and more challenges to deal with on a daily basis due to the global public health crisis and the movements of large sums of money which are generally common during the summer months may need to be considerably reduced.
Liverpool will likely be no exception, so a tighter way to spend money may very well be the modus operandi of Melwood’s recruiting service in the future.
Twice Premier League winner with nearly 250 high profile appearances to his name in England, Willian’s profile would not be too different from the one who brought James Milner to Anfield in the summer of 2015.
At the time, manager Brendan Rodgers was looking to break away from the signing of potential young players and instructed club recruiters to find more experience for his team.
Recruitment chief Dave Fallows and scout chief Barry Hunter, both of whom knew Milner from their days in City, were convinced that the midfielder had lasting quality to be a success at Anfield.
Five years later, the vice-captain of a winning Champions League team is only six points away from winning a league title with Liverpool. They can mark this as a success.
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The financial uncertainty that will spread in European football this summer could, however, lead to a kind of reinvention of the transfer window.
Clubs will most likely refuse to pay for the kind of mouth-watering numbers that were perversely normal in previous years. The coronavirus has hit football hard and the tissue will have to be cut accordingly at all levels.
This could explain why links with Willian may begin to emerge from a Liverpool perspective.
And although it is believed that the Chelsea star is not interested this time around, other transfer targets in the left field could crop up in the weeks and months to come.