10 Mar 2017

Replace Sturridge? Legend tells 'Liverpool' to sign €42m striker Klopp hailed as 'world-class'. Agree?

Anfield legend Ronnie Whelan believes that Liverpool should give serious consideration to signing one of the Premier League's quickest strikers this summer.

In his column this week for The Herald, Whelan urged Jurgen Klopp to replace Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy:

"If Liverpool are committed to a budget, Vardy might be a man they could make an offer for without breaking the bank. He would suit Klopp’s high intensity approach".

Liverpool were linked with Vardy several times last season:

* Oct 2015: ESPN claimed: "Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Jamie Vardy, sources have told ESPN FC".

* Jan 2016: ESPN further claimed: "Liverpool are 'leading the race' to sign Vardy".

* Jan 2016: An alleged source 'close to the situation' also claimed: “Liverpool [are] favourites [and] Vardy would suit their high-intensity game".

* Jan 2016: Klopp described Vardy as the 'Player of the season', and hailed his 'world-class' ability.

After playing a massive role in Leicester's stunning Premier League triumph, Vardy has failed to replicate his goalscoring form this season, but despite the Foxes' fall from grace, he's still weighed in with 14 goals/assists in 34 games, which, whilst average, is not terrible.

Liverpool fans don't seem to be that enamoured by Vardy, though. At the height of his powers last season, I conducted a poll asking whether the Reds should sign Vardy, and 55% of fans voted NO to the deal. In my view, for the right price (i.e. £12-£15m) Vardy is an enticing option:

* Electric pace, and proven in the Premier League.

* Incredible fitness record, and has only missed two games through injury for his entire career.

* Leicester's bargaining position is much weaker than last season.

Under Klopp, and surrounded by top-class players, Vardy - hailed by Joachim Low as a 'spectacular player' - is arguably capable of replicating his title-winning form. Worth a look?


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