Liverpool had a pretty impressive transfer window last summer. The Reds pulled off two exciting moves and did so at a snip of a net spend when you account for the cash raised selling off fringe players. They did, however, decide against moving for a centre back. Robbie Fowler believes Liverpool should’ve signed John Stones.
Liverpool summer business
The story which dominated the Reds’ summer transfer window was the signing of Thiago from Bayern Munich.
The club managed to bring the Champions League winner in for a bargain fee with his contract at the Allianz expiring in 2021.
The signing of Diogo Jota soon after caught us all by surprise.
There was also a lack of movement which piqued the interest of many; the Reds decided against signing a centre back after selling Dejan Lovren.
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Instead Fabinho was determined to be the fourth choice in case of emergencies.
Nobody could’ve predicted that by December we’d be without our starting partnership for the rest of the season.
Liverpool should’ve signed John Stones
There were plenty of centre backs available last summer.
According to club legend Robbie Fowler, Liverpool should’ve signed John Stones from Man City.
The Toxteth Prowler believes the Reds missed a trick, writing in column for The Mirror:
“Last season when he was really struggling, I told a friend that Liverpool should sign John Stones.
“He wasn’t getting a kick with Manchester City, wasn’t even carrying the half-time oranges, but I always thought there was still a top-class player there, just waiting to mature.
“It’s not rocket science, I know. He was good enough to play in a World Cup semi-final and win two Premier League titles. And he’d done all that before he was 25, so if he had a dip last season, it was probably not going to be terminal.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool signing John Stones would’ve been some story.
Robbie Fowler has a point, he is clearly a quality defender and we can be sure he would improve under Jürgen Klopp.
However, the money involved, particularly the premium City would charge the Reds, means that a move would’ve been entirely unrealistic.