Liverpool reportedly spoke to Sokratis before the central defender decided to sign a contract with Greek side Olympiacos this week.

According to Sportime journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos, Liverpool spoke to Sokratis on the phone but did not go any further with their enquiries.

The report claims that the Greek international is now set to sign a two-and-a-half-year contract with Olympiacos, where he will earn €1.5m-per-year not including bonuses.

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This might not be a transfer that Liverpool end up kicking themselves over missing, due to his lack of game-time for Arsenal this season. Sokratis has not played a single minute in the Premier League, League Cup or FA Cup this season for Arsenal, which suggests that Mikel Arteta did not think he was good enough to start in his side. This means that along with potentially not being good enough for Liverpool’s defence, Sokratis will also be severely lacking in match fitness.

If Liverpool signed a player with as little game time under their belt as Sokratis they could risk needing a settling in period, due to their potential rustiness. This means that Sokratis may not have been a good signing for Liverpool regardless, due to the two factors mentioned above making it a risky transfer for the Reds. A player who is ready to come in and make an instant impact and able to play regularly could make more sense for the club, if they decide to sign a centre-back.

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