John Collins told beIN Sport that Liverpool would never sign Paul Pogba due to him being poor without the ball. 

Manchester United signed the French midfielder for £89million in 2016 and Collins has claimed that Liverpool and Manchester City would never consider signing him.

“I don’t think he would play for Pep Guardiola, with that lack of sprinting back, chasing, or Jurgen Klopp,” Collins said.

“I think it would be easier for him playing at Real Madrid, because they dominate every game, apart from Barcelona.

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“But Manchester United in the last few years haven’t been dominating against the top five, six. So when you’re not dominating, you’ve got a lot of work to do without the ball. And he’s not good without the ball, he’s poor.”

Liverpool are in need of a player that can unlock opposition defences or score from outside the box. These attributes have been missing in midfield since Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona.

 

The Brazilian was a long-shot specialist and, although Liverpool were close to signing Nabil Fekir before pulling the plug, Jurgen Klopp is yet to find a replacement for Coutinho.

Collins is spot on. Pogba would not be a good fit for Liverpool as the Reds look for midfielders that can operate as well as they can with the ball when they are out of possession.

This is something that made Coutinho so valuable. He was magic with the ball but, when Liverpool were defending, he was a player who would fight for the ball and then surge forward on the counter attack.

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Priority number one this summer has to be find a top-class creator to finally replace Coutinho.

As much as some fans might want the Brazilian back at Anfield, he is desperate to make things work in Spain and Barcelona will likely want the same thing.

Besides, Michael Edwards is sure to have already found someone for Klopp to sign. Maybe we will see a Fabinho-esque announcement at the end of the season…

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