Liverpool supporters have been somewhat quieter in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team concede a 95th minute leveller to end up drawing 2-2 with Tottenham in a thrilling Premier League contest at Anfield on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the North London outfit off the back of easing past Huddersfield Town 3-0 in midweek, and knowing that victory would put some daylight between themselves and Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the race for a Champions League place. And they looked on course to do just that as a Mohamed Salah brace, the second an outstanding goal, sandwiched a stunning Victor Wanyama strike to give the Reds the lead heading into the latter stages, only for Harry Kane to make amends for an earlier penalty miss to strike home from the spot in the fifth minute of added time to clinch a point for Spurs.
Thus, there have been some frustrated Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, although many still feel that their side have got more than enough to secure a second successive top four finish, and thus a spot in next season’s Champions League.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking them with a summer move for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, whose contract expires at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.
And while Emre Can looks likely to leave Anfield this summer at the expiration of his current deal, the Reds should steer well clear of a move for Wilshere, as he is just not reliable enough given his history of injury and fitness issues.
Ultimately, there is absolutely no doubting the 26-year-old’s ability on the football field – there’s a reason he looked set to be England’s next big thing a matter of years ago such were his efforts for both club and country.
But the midfielder hasn’t been able to push on and really hone in on those capabilities, with recurrent injury problems ultimately forcing him out on loan to Bournemouth for the entirety of last season in a bid to get back to full speed.
But even this term, when things were beginning to slot back into place for Wilshere, niggling injury issues have again got in the way, restricting him to just eight Premier League starts, and nine others in domestic and European competitions.
Thus, those injury concerns must also call into question whether the 26-year-old would be suitable in Klopp’s intense, high-pressing system he has utilised to great effect at Anfield since taking over in 2015, and with the likes of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson struggling with injuries this term, can Klopp really afford another injury-prone midfielder on the books?
Yes, there’s little doubt that Wilshere would bolster the midfield ranks at Liverpool, but there are huge doubts over his injury record and thus exactly how often he would be able to showcase those talents – there’s a reason Arsenal are reportedly only looking at a basic salary as a new contract offer.
As such, the Reds must steer clear of a move for the international midfielder come the summer.
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