18 Jan 2016

Klopp to sign? 'Frightening' £12m striker is the perfect transfer for Liverpool, claims Journo

Last week, the Irish Daily Star claimed that Liverpool are 'definitely interested' in signing Southampton striker Shane Long, and according to Mark McCadden - the Journalist who broke the story - Long is a perfect signing for LFC.

In a radio interview with Newstalk on Friday, McCadden enthused:

“I could see him [Long] slotting straight in, and giving [Liverpool] pace and energy to press high up the pitch. Shane is frightening when he gets moving".

What's 'frightening' is that Liverpool are even considering a move for Long*, who scores a goal every 208 minutes for Southampton. Thankfully, the Saints don't appear to be interested in selling. According to The Mirror today:

"Liverpool have had an £8m approach for Shane Long rebuffed. The Saints are determined to keep Long".

Ex-Red Danny Murphy is also aghast at the prospect of signing Long, and when asked about the proposed deal today, he told TalkSport:

"Shane Long? Really?! No, no, no, no, no. There’s no point bringing in players who aren’t better than what you’ve already got".

Ronald Koeman insists that Long is a 'brilliant' player who is 'always running and working', but that's irrelevant (IMO). Liverpool need goalscorers, not Lallana-esque runners, and Long is simply another player who fails to score/create goals on a regular basis.

Prime example: Long is 28, and in the prime of his career, but he has never scored more than 8 Premier League goals in a single season. Case closed.

That said, if Klopp signs Long, then expect him to be played as a centre-half ;-)

* Cost Southampton £12m


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