In an article Stan Collymore wrote for the Mirror, he claimed that Liverpool need to sign Ruben Neves but the former Red could not be more wrong.
With 97 points in the Premier League this season, Liverpool recorded the third highest points tally ever and pushed Manchester City all the way to the final day of the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have also made it to the Champions League final and could write their names into the Liverpool history books by winning it next month.
While it’s fair to say that the Reds need to invest in new blood this summer, one position that doesn’t need any reinforcement is holding midfield as Fabinho has made it his own.
Collymore writes for the Mirror: “Klopp will know he needs a couple of marquee signings — Ruben Neves would be fantastic for Liverpool.”
His claim that Liverpool need Neves is based on what the former Red thinks is needed to overtake Manchester City next season and while the Portuguese midfielder is a fine player, he’s not a better defensive midfielder than Fabinho.
Neves is a superb passer of the ball and is certainly a better long-shot taker and set-piece specialist compared to the Liverpool midfielder but he’s nowhere near as good as Fabinho in defensive situations.
The Brazilian kept Luis Suarez and Fabinho under lock and key at Anfield as his side booked its place in its second Champions League final in two years.
One thing the £43million man can be sure of is that he’s done enough to ensure he remains a starter under Jurgen Klopp heading into the 2019/20 season.
Liverpool would need to spend £110m to sign Neves, according to a 2018 report from the Times.
When you consider that and the fact that Klopp already has Fabinho, it is rather weird that Collymore believes the Reds need to sign Neves.