Anfield legend Jamie Carragher criticised Liverpool’s pursuit for Belgian midfielder Romeo Lavia in this transfer window.
The 19-year-old Southampton man is under Reds’ radar for a longtime now. Liverpool are still working hard to make this deal this summer.
Already three bids got rejected, as Saints stands firm on their £50m valuation for Lavia. For Liverpool, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai are the two new recruit at Anfield this season.
Although, Carragher claims that Liverpool’s problem when didn’t buy a single midfielder last summer. Speaking on The Overlap’s Fan Debate, he said :-
“This [the problems] goes back to last summer, Liverpool didn’t buy a midfield player, so everyone in that core becomes another twelve months old.
“Everyone’s talking this ones gone, that ones gone. It was right for them to go, it was right for James Milner to go, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Naby] Keita, and you’re getting offered massive money from Saudi Arabia for Fabinho and Jordan Henderson who looked like their legs had completely gone last season.
“Jordan Henderson’s 33, Fabinho you’re not quite sure. Because they didn’t get anyone last summer who was twenty-three or twenty-four, you end up in a situation with players that are old, coming to the end of their careers. Some of them great players for Liverpool and you’re left with almost nothing there.
“They’ve won the lottery with the money they have received for these players, got them off the wage bill because it looked like at times last season that there was nothing left there. To be fair to Liverpool, in the transfer market in the last five or six years they’re clinical. Bang and it’s done, there’s no talk about something, it gets announced and done the next day.
“These transfers dragged on a bit – the Jordan Henderson and Fabinho deals dragged on for two or three weeks.”
Carragher questions Lavia’s lack of experience
Carragher questions Lavia’s market values, as he doesn’t have experience under his belt. Instead, he suggests, Liverpool should sign Moises Caicedo this summer. He further stated :-
“My problem with bringing [Romeo] Lavia in is because people keep saying he’s too young to be the holding midfield player for Liverpool, to play all season in the Premier League, so you need to bring in someone else as well. How does that work? If you’re paying £50m or £60m for a 19-year-old kid to then go and pay £50m or £60m for someone who is 26, so what you’re basically saying is that in twelve months’ time. Romeo Lavia will be ready- what do you do with the other fella?
“Just get the proper player now – [Moises] Caicedo. You might think Caicedo is overpriced but Fabinho and [Jordan] Henderson were massively overpriced so they’ve won on that side, so you may have to pay a bit extra on the other side – just do it.”
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