Many of Celtic’s main men have impressed this season, and that includes James Forrest. The winger has played well season long, and so it’s no surprise that clubs are interested in him. According to the Scottish Sun, Liverpool are the latest team to hold an interest in the winger, with Jurgen Klopp clearly keen on adding some offensive depth to his ranks.
What’s perhaps more surprising, however, is the apparent £8 million fee that Celtic are said to be looking for. Former Celtic forward Chris Sutton appears to have viewed the number as laughable, and he’s absolutely right.
£8 million hahahahahahahahahahahahaha…. https://t.co/W2MkPY7jBp
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) January 13, 2019
After all, Forrest has carved out a reputation for himself as one of Celtic’s best and most reliable players. Primarily playing on the right-hand side of the Celtic attack, he’s featured in 18 league games so far this season, and he’s looked dominant throughout. Offering brilliant energy, drive and determination, the 27-year-old has regularly been a fantastic out-ball for the Hoops, with much of the action going forward coming down the flanks for the club.
Furthermore, with a whopping 8 goals and 9 assists this term, there’s no denying the clear influence that Forrest has been able to have as far as goals are concerned. He’s been involved in more than 1 goal per game on average, and those figures are as good as anyone at Liverpool – even Mohamed Salah.
It also helps that he’s a homegrown talent at Celtic, and that inevitably adds a premium to his price tag, given his affinity and connection to the club – not to mention the fact that he’s such a popular man with the Parkhead faithful.
Make no mistake, Forrest would be a great signing for Liverpool. The Reds could do with another attacker to help offer some extra quality beyond Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, especially given the impact that Xherdan Shaqiri has had this term, and Forrest could be a good choice. He’s got all the tools to succeed at the highest level, but for £8 million? The Reds will need to think again to have any chance of landing him for that price. Just because he’s not based in a major European league doesn’t mean that he’s not worth his weight in gold. If he were Spanish and called James Forrestiesta, you can bet that he’d be worth much more than £8 million; and so Liverpool, and indeed Celtic, must recognise that.
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