18 Aug 2016

Surprise Deal: Liverpool plan shock move to sign 'incredible' £20m title winner. Madness?

In one of the more improbable transfer rumours of the summer, Liverpool are reportedly considering a surprise late move for England's calamity 'keeper Joe Hart.

According to Sky Sports today:

"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".

Liverpool were linked with the allegedly 'incredible' Hart In September 2014, with The Guardian reporting:

"Brendan Rodgers...wants to replace him [Simon Mignolet] with Joe Hart, who fears that he could be for the chop at Man City".

At the time, I conducted a site poll asking fans if Rodgers should replace Mignolet with Hart:

* 67% of voters chose £20m-rated Hart over Mignolet.

That's a pretty emphatic vote of no-confidence in Mignolet, but it's hardly surprising given the Belgian's erratic form.

As I've argued many times in the past, I am not in favour of padding the team with British players. Like Lallana, Henderson, Clyne, and Milner, Hart is also part of a national team with a long history of abject failure, and his mistakes played a major role in England's predictable collapse at Euro 2016.

In any event, With Mignolet and Karius in the squad, a move for Hart makes no sense, especially since he'll expect to be the club's number one. Why would he leave Man City to play second fiddle to Mignolet or Karius at Liverpool?


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