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25 Aug 2016

Deal Close? LFC Legend insists 'Liverpool' must sign 'tremendous' £20m title-winner because he's 'better' than Mignolet/Karius

Over the weekend, Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher urged Jurgen Klopp to sign Man City outcast (and current LFC target) Joe Hart, and with the transfer window closing soon, it seems that Carra is not the only ex-Red in favour of bringing Hart to Anfield.

In Saturday column for the Daily Mail Carra enthused:

"As a Liverpool fan, I'd love to see him [Hart] come to Anfield. Joe is just below the elite level required in world football [but] he'll be a tremendous addition".

Speaking to the BBC on Wednesday, Anfield legend Mark Lawrenson echoed Carra's comments:

“If I were Liverpool, I’d be all over Joe Hart. He’s better than their three goalkeepers put together.”

After City's 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday (which Hart started), Pep Guardiola confirmed that the deal Claudio Bravo is 'almost there', and when asked after the game about his future, Hart told reporters:

"We all know there's a situation going on. Outside all the charades and all the rubbish that's talked, we'll find a solution. It's not for me to say what it is [next for me]."

Hopefully, the Liverpool link is part of the 'rubbish that's talked' about Hart's future. As noted before, I personally don't want £20m-rated Hart at Liverpool, for one simple reason: if the bulk of the first-team is made up of England players, the team will fail.

There's already copious evidence of this with Lallana, Clyne, Henderson, Milner, and Sturridge, and if Liverpool sign Hart, that's (potentially) SIX of England's perennial failures in Klopp's starting line-up.

Granted, Hart is a very good 'keeper, but when groups of English internationals get together, the loser mentality often kicks in, and - as 50+ years of international underperformance proves - this invariably leads to abject failure.

That said, if Liverpool go ahead and sign Hart, it surely only makes sense if the club sells Simon Mignolet? As England's first-choice goalkeeper, Hart will want regular first-team football, and I doubt he'll sign for any club without guarantees of that.

On that point, I doubt that Lori Karius will be happy about Hart signing for Liverpool as it will inevitably mean he'll be stuck on the bench for the whole season.

Worryingly, Liverpool are currently 2nd favourites to sign Hart...

^ Reportedly on £120k-a-week.


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