26 Jan 2017

Carra insists: 'Outstanding' £10m attacker who destroyed Liverpool is 'better than' Origi. Sign this week?

Reds legend Jamie Carragher has taken a swipe at the quality of Liverpool's attacking options off the bench.

Reacting last night to Liverpool's 1-0 home defeat to Southampton, Carra suggested that Liverpool lack strength in depth upfront. He explained:

“I’m a fan of Shane Long. It’s not just his pace, it’s his strength. You always feel he’ll cause you a problem. He's better than what Liverpool have got on the bench, in terms of a forward coming on".

Divock Origi was the only 'forward' on the bench last night, so Carra is indirectly saying that Long is a 'better' player than the Belgian striker...and it's hard to disagree.

I've suggested Long as a potential January transfer target several times over last month; with his running, pressing, strength, and stamina, he is an archetypal Klopp player, which probably explains why he has been linked with Liverpool during Klopp's reign.

If Liverpool made Long a tempting offer, I'm sure he'd consider the move. After all, he's a squad player at Southampton, and if it's a choice between being a bit-parter for the Saints, or a bit-parter at Liverpool, then Anfield is surely the more attractive destination?

Long might not be a regular at Anfield, but he is arguably an upgrade on both Danny Ings (who still faces months on the sidelines) *and* - as Carra suggests - Divock Origi.

For the avoidance of confusion (i.e. people twisting my words): I'm merely suggesting that Long is Premier League-proveb player who can immediately improve Liverpool's overall squad strength; I'm not suggesting he can come in and be Liverpool's starting striker.

* Long: £10m-rated (CIES). Hailed by Martin O'Neill as 'special'.


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