Liverpool want Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks, according to reports. They’ll surely have to sell to make room for him, however.
The Daily Mail claims Liverpool want David Brooks. They have until 5 pm Friday to sign him, if that is the case, before the domestic transfer deadline.
And Bournemouth may ask for as much as £40m for the player. That’s quite a sum for Brooks, considering he missed the vast majority of last season through injury.
But beyond his price, this transfer only makes sense for Liverpool if they move on two unwanted players.
Brooks is primarily a right midfielder. He looks to cut inside on his left and make things happen, but that’s his position on the pitch. Liverpool do use such a player, too, with Mohamed Salah playing the same position, albeit in a different way.
The real problem, though, is that there are currently two players in the squad offering cover there. Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson are both still at Liverpool – despite the Reds trying to sell them – and both do exactly what Brooks looks to do.
It’s one thing to pay £41m to sign Diogo Jota, another to spend similar on Brooks, then. Jota is an international, for one, but importantly, Liverpool didn’t have any natural cover for the left flank.
There was an open spot in the squad and Liverpool filled it. There isn’t that space for Brooks. If he came in, neither Wilson nor Shaqiri would have a place. Suddenly, Brooks costs more than £40m as Liverpool would be paying wages for two players with no intention of using them.
Things change if Liverpool can move both players on. Wilson might head to the Championship on loan but we don’t see how Shaqiri disappears.
The Brooks transfer just doesn’t seem to make sense, then. If Liverpool had managed to sell both (and they just happened to want £40m for the pair) then we could understand it.
As things are, we don’t see how it’ll happen. It could, however, be one to revisit in January.