7 Feb 2017

Collymore claims: 'Liverpool' should've signed 'excellent' £80k-a-week striker who wanted LFC transfer in 2015

Ex-Red Stan Collymore has chided Liverpool for failing to sign one of the Premier League's most consistent goalscorers.

In his column for Boyle Sports this week, Collymore enthused:

“Jermain Defoe could easily do a job in a top six team. He would have been a deal clincher for Liverpool chasing the top four".

In January 2015, Liverpool were reportedly offered the chance to sign Defoe from Toronto FC, but Brendan Rodgers rejected the deal. At the time, Phil Thompson publicly endorsed: the transfer*

"I would love to see Defoe come to Anfield in the [transfer] window. He still has plenty of legs, and would really add to the squad"

Defoe has also been on LFC's radar several times in the past, and Jamie Carragher confirmed this last season:

"[Kenny] Dalglish [considered] signing Defoe in January 2012 as he knew he'd guarantee goals. Rafa Benitez also considered him in 2006 but chose Bellamy instead".

If LFC had signed 'excellent' Defoe in 2015, he undoubtedly would've been a better option than Lambortelli, and over the last two seasons, his Sunderland stats are impressive.

* 40 goals/assists in 80 games (One every 164 mins).

* This season: 16 goals/assists in 27 apps (One every 143 mins)

Not bad for a 34 year old. Just imagine what might've been if Rafa Benitez signed Defoe back in 2006, at the age of 23...

* Current deal reportedly worth £80k-a-week.


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