10 Mar 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Whelan urges Liverpool to smash transfer record and sign 'amazing' £70m superstar

Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan has urged Liverpool to think big this summer and make an audacious attempt to sign one of Europe's best players.

In his column this week for The Herald, Whelan urged Jurgen Klopp to replace Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi with a 'big name', and made the following outlandish transfer suggestion:

"If Liverpool want to be seen as serious players, they need to be bidding for the very best and there is no better than Antoine Griezmann. I’m not saying they would even get him, but a real attempt would show that the club has the right ambitions".

I can see Whelan's point, but to be honest, what's the point in wasting precious time and energy trying to entice a player who is unlikely to ever sign for Liverpool?

If Diego Simeone were in charge at Anfield then Liverpool might have a chance, but short of that, I can't see any scenario where Griezmann will choose the Reds over Real Madrid, Man City, Barcelona, or even Man Utd (all four of whom are willing to pay the extortionate salary he'll probably demand).

Back in 2014, Liverpool were actually linked several times with £70m-rated Griezmann, with The Mirror claiming:

"Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Antoine Griezmann...and could move soon".

At that time, Griezmann was still somewhat under the radar, and although Liverpool had Champions League football to offer, Rodgers obviously couldn't entice him to Anfield, and I don't see that changing under Jurgen Klopp.

Still, it's nice to dream. Liverpool will probably have to make do with the 'next Antoine Griezmann' (and I'm sure there are a dozen players out there with that media-applied nickname).

* Griezmann: Described by Cristiano Ronaldo as 'amazing'


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