Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore has urged Jurgen Klopp to make an extraordinary summer bid to land Tottenham Hotspur’s leading man Harry Kane.
This comes following his column with The Mirror. He says that Liverpool need to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ if they are to remain competitive with Manchester City next season.
Collymore, who became the most expensive player in British football when he arrived at Anfield from Nottingham Forest for £8.5million back in 1995, said: “You have to look at these things over four or five years and Liverpool will still be in the title talk in each of them.
“That said, they do need to wake up and smell the coffee, which means owners FSG spending money to go toe-to-toe with City in that period.
“It means that if City go out and buy Erling Haaland this summer then Liverpool must buy the next Robert Lewandowski or even put in a bid for Harry Kane.
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“What they can’t do is just say, ‘We have a really good XI, some youngsters coming through, and we can maintain our challenges that way’, because there are too many other teams with the money to make sure that won’t be the case.”
What RTK has to say
Indeed, the signing of Kane would be a welcomed one from a Liverpool perspective, although such a notion is much easier said than done.
For one, Kane is contracted at the north-London club until 2024. With that said, Spurs hold all the cards and are unlikely to baulk at any offer unless it exceeds the £150 million margin.
This just isn’t realistic for Liverpool to achieve, especially when you consider the fact that Kane is only a year younger than Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
It wouldn’t make sense for the club to make a nine-figure investment in a player that cannot guarantee longevity.
This isn’t to say that we don’t think Kane wouldn’t be an instant upgrade, either. Of course, he would improve Liverpool’s starting XI.
Still, this doesn’t make it a given that Klopp could land one of the world’s best players. Even if Tottenham were to sell, Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy would certainly be reluctant to see Kane join another Premier League rival.
With that said, it would make sense to prioritise their money elsewhere. A player who can offer similar qualities, but one who also guarantees longevity.
Erling Haaland, then, of Borussia Dortmund would surely represent a more attainable target from Liverpool’s perspective.