Liverpool are reportedly considering a £45m move for Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo. At that price, it’s surely a waste of money?
The Guardian believes that Liverpool, in the market for a backup left-back, are ‘undismayed’ by the price. There will be a space available, of course, as Alberto Moreno’s contract runs out.
But that really does seem like a huge amount of money for a backup player. It would make Firpo the 4th most expensive player in the club’s history, behind Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, and Naby Keita.
Considering you’d actively hope he wouldn’t play much, that’s quite bizarre.
And you really wouldn’t want him playing much as Andy Robertson is just so good. When a player plays such an important role – and Robertson certainly does, recording the fifth most assists in the Premier League last year – you want him there every week.
The Scot played 47 games last season without looking particularly tired by the end. Even if he was quite tired without showing it, you’d only want to give him a rest here and there, perhaps limiting him to 43/44 games.
That doesn’t leave a lot of game time for a £45m signing.
Perhaps it would make more sense if there was a genuine worry that Robertson may leave or break down, but they must be very private reasons if they do exist.
Instead, £45m for Junior Firpo just seems like throwing a lot of money at a very minor problem. Given that Robertson himself only cost £8m, you’d have thought you’d find his back up for a lot less.