18 Oct 2015

Anfield 'Offer'? Boss reveals truth about Liverpool's long-planned transfer for 'outstanding' £15m international

Liverpool have long been linked with a move for 'immense' Swansea City star Ashley Williams, and recent (unsubstantiated) reports claim that the Reds' transfer committee vetoed Rodgers' attempt to sign the veteran defender. There's absolutely no evidence whatsoever to prove that the Committee had the power to veto Rodgers' transfer choices, and according to Swansea boss Garry Monk, the Williams story is nonsense.

Earlier this month, the Daily Mail claimed:

"He [Rodgers] expressed a desire to take Williams from Swansea on several occasions, but was thwarted [by the transfer committee".

When asked this week whether there is any truth the story, Monk dismissed the Mail's claims:

“Whether they [the transfer committee] did that [blocked a move], is open to debate [but] I don't think it's particularly factual.

"It’s people putting two and two together and coming up with stories. We’ve never received any offer for Ashley".

Liverpool were last linked with Williams in April, and according to Rio Ferdinand, the Reds should've sign the Wales international.

After watching William's imperious display for Wales last month during Sunday's European Championship qualifier with Israel, Ferdinand raved:

"How Arsenal or Liverpool FC haven't gone for Ashley Williams the last few years is beyond me. [He's] better than what they have bought".

Ferdinand is not the only ex-player who thinks Williams would be a great buy for Liverpool:

* Mar 2013: Jan Molby enthused: "He [Williams] looks better this season than he did last. He’s assured, even when he’s being put under pressure. He can play and he can graft. You don’t get many centre backs like that".

* May 2013: Ian Rush concurred with Molby: "To get Williams would be great. At the right price Swansea would let him go, and he would be good for Liverpool with his experience."

* Feb 2014: Joe Allen reporters: "Ashley [Williams] has got a lot of experience at a high level, and I’m sure he'd be comfortable at an even higher level"

With Jurgen Klopp now at the helm, the horse has probably bolted on this particular transfer, and if Liverpool bring in another centre-back, it'll hopefully be a player with significant European experience, which Williams lacks.

To be fair to Williams, though, if Liverpool had signed him, I'm sure he would've acquitted himself well at Anfield.

Author: Jaimie K


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