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22 Aug 2016

'Come to Anfield': Carragher urges Liverpool to sign 'tremendous' £120k-a-week title-winner. Late transfer?

Liverpool are currently linked with a move for Manchester City outcast Joe Hart^, and according to Reds legend Jamie Carragher, Liverpool should seriously considering signing England's calamity 'keeper.

Last week, Sky Sports claimed:

"Sky sources understand Joe Hart [is] set to leave Man City before the transfer deadline. Everton and Liverpool are expected to compete for his services".

As of today, Liverpool are 2nd-favourites to sign Hart, and in his weekend column for the Daily Mail, Carra made it clear that he'd support a transfer:

"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".

So, let's get this straight: Carra wants Liverpool sign Hart, even though he is 'below the elite level required for world football'. If that's the case, then why is he good enough for Liverpool? This mind-numbing acceptance of mediocrity is (IMO) a big problem, and it's part of the reason why the Reds constantly fail to progress.

That 'below the elite level' description applies to most of Liverpool's squad (specifically players like Lallana, Origi, Can, Lovren, Moreno etc), and this shows in the club's results. History proves that the Reds only progress when the club has elite players (Alonso, Mascherano, Torres, Gerrard, Suarez etc), so signing players like Hart will just prolong the mediocrity.

I personally don't want to see £20m-rated Hart anywhere near Liverpool's squad, 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.

Thanks, but no thanks. In the Premier League era, teams with 5-6+ England internationals regularly in the starting line-up do not win the league, or indeed anything at all.

^ Reportedly on £120k-a-week.


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