22 Mar 2016

Redknapp raves: £70m 'powerhouse' Liverpool tried to sign would be a great transfer for the Prem

Alex Ferguson's decision to allow Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United is arguably one of the worst transfer decisions in recent memory, and according to ex-Red Jamie Redknapp, £70m-rated Pogba is just the kind of 'blue-chip' player to reinvigorate the stagnating Premier League.

In his weekend column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp raved:

"I’d love to see him [Pogba] in the Premier League. He is a superb talent. We’ve got the most exciting league but we haven’t got the best players. Pogba can change that .

Liverpool were (improbably) linked with a move for Pogba in the summer of 2014, but at the time, the midfielder made it clear he had no interest in returning to the Premier League:

"I am very happy to play for Juve, I am just focused on work at this moment. The future does not concern me, I live in the present. I am not thinking of the contract and my goal is to continue to do well in the field."

At the time, Michael Owen urged Liverpool to break the bank to sign Pogba. He told BT Sport:

"The ideal replacement [for Gerrard] is someone like Paul Pogba at Juventus. He's an exceptional talent who can drive on in that central midfield role"

Reds legend Jamie Carragher is also a fan of Pogba, and in a column for the Daily Mail last season, he enthused:

"Pogba looks ideally suited to the Premier League. He would be expensive, but I would love to see another midfield powerhouse in our league"

Liverpool had absolutely no chance of signing Pogba two years ago, and that remains the case now, and if he decides to come to Premier League, he'll probably end up at Man City (under Guardiola), or back at Man Utd (under Mourinho).

If Pogba returns to Old Trafford, then - combined with the impact of Mourinho - it'll undoubtedly be a massive blow for Liverpool's top four chances. That said, it'll also be amusing to see United pay through the nose to re-sign a player they sold for £800k.

Author: Jaimie K


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