3 Mar 2016

'Magnificent': Redknapp hails 'brilliant' £30m striker who wanted Liverpool transfer

Last year, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino (who was allegedly desperate for a move to Anfield), and with Jurgen Klopp also reportedly keen on Berahino, Jamie Redknapp has tipped the 'brilliant' striker to move on to a bigger club this summer.

In January, Sky Sports claimed:

"Liverpool have entered the race to sign Saido Berahino and [Jurgen Klopp] could make a late swoop for the Baggies frontman".

In his column for Sky Sports today, Redknapp hailed Berahino's 'magnificent' performances for West Brom, and tipped the 22-year old to 'go right to the top'. He enthused:

"I see a 22-year-old with so much ability, the way he moves with the ball, low centre of gravity, he can see a pass and score a goal. I would be amazed if he is a West Brom player next year".

With Daniel Sturridge's ongoing injury problems, a new striker who fits Liverpool's style of play is an absolute necessity, and Berahino appears to be a better fit for LFC than Christian Benteke.

If things had gone differently, Liverpool might've signed Berahino instead of Benteke, and Liverpool fans would've been fine with that. Indeed, a recent site poll emphatically illustrated the fan preference for Berahino:

The problem is, West Brom reportedly want £30m for Berahino, which is a ridiculous figure, and it makes little sense to spend that kind of money on a striker with worse stats (over the last three years) than Benteke.

Benteke is increasingly maligned by the Liverpool fanbase, but despite a stop-start debut season (averaged only 61 mins of playing time per game), the Belgian is still outperforming Berahino this year:

* Benteke: 7 goals/5 assists (12) in 31 apps (one ever 158 mins).

* Berahino: 7 goals/0 assists in 26 appearances (One every 200 mins).

Should Berahino be a transfer target this summer?

Author: Jaimie K


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