Former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has cast doubts about the suitability of a couple of the players that who been suggested as Georginio Wijnaldum’s potential replacement at Liverpool if the Dutchman leaves this summer.
Palmer gives Anfield view
The future of the 29-year-old has been uncertain for some time. With six months left to run on his current contract, Wijnaldum is free to talk to other clubs and potentially come to a pre-contractual agreement ahead of a move next summer.
The Dutch international has been at the club since 2016, scoring 20 goals and providing 16 assists in 210 appearances for the Merseysiders (TransferMarkt),
In light of Wijnaldum’s contract situation, Liverpool have been linked with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Lille’s Renato Sanches as potential replacements. Both players are central midfielders but the latter can play on the right-hand side of midfield too.
When asked if Liverpool should be looking to make a move for either Bissouma or Sanches to replace Wijnaldum, Palmer revealed that he has doubts about whether both players are at a standard to play for the Reds and warned the Reds of the dangers of signing either of them.
He also suggested that Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards will need to consider a few things before pushing for a deal, and if the answers to any of the questions below would be ‘no’, like he suggests they would be, then Liverpool should look elsewhere.
Speaking exclusively to Football Transfer Tavern, he said:
“You’ve got to look if it’s value for money and (then ask), ‘what they’re going to bring to the team?’ ‘Are they going to play in the team?’ Are those two players are capable of playing in Liverpool’s team?’”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Palmer is spot on here. The Reds have to ensure they bring players in that are value for money and players who can be in the team for the long-term. Furthermore, Klopp needs to focus his energy elsewhere during this window, to be more specific, Liverpool need a centre-back to nurse their current injury crisis, and until it’s confirmed that Wijnaldum will be leaving, the Reds can hold out hope that a deal can be done to keep the Dutchman.
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