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Patrick Bamford is exactly the wrong kind of Liverpool transfer

Patrick Bamford appears to have suitors for the transfer window this summer – Liverpool among them. But he’d be the wrong kind of signing for the Reds.

There are links between Patrick Bamford and Liverpool for the upcoming transfer window. Admittedly, however, they’re not particularly strong.

The Athletic says there’s interest in the player, with Liverpool among several admirers. Jurgen Klopp did openly speak about how good he thinks Bamford is – but he says that about a lot of players.

All in all, we don’t think there’s anything to this and we certainly don’t expect Bamford to play for Liverpool next season. And that’s probably a good thing.

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Bamford has been brilliant this season in what is far and away the most impressive season of his career. We don’t mean that as a knock, either – he’s been one of the league’s best strikers and we didn’t see that coming.

He has 15 Premier League goals this season, with another seven assists. All in a newly promoted team that lacks top-flight experience.

Bamford’s work-rate is exceptional, too, which makes him a natural Liverpool target. The Reds could use a new striker, too.

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Only Salah matches or betters Bamford’s figures – either of them. No one else really comes all that close.

Liverpool’s struggles up top mean they’ll surely move for a striker this summer, too, in a search for more goals. But Bamford isn’t the right target.

For one thing, he’d cost an absolute fortune. There’s no way Leeds United give him up without receiving huge compensation and for the money they’d want, you’d hope to get an elite player.

But Bamford isn’t in that bracket. He may be for Leeds – almost certainly is – but his track record at new clubs isn’t great. In fact, the only club in which he’s immediately shone is Middlesbrough.

And Bamford has had his fair share of clubs. Since joining Chelsea in 2012, he’s played for seven different teams.

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So we think rather than Bamford being a truly remarkable player, he’s simply a perfect fit for Leeds. When comfortable in their system, Bamford is capable of delivering on the biggest stage. Take him away from that and there are some real questions.

Questions that you wouldn’t want to answer when paying big money.

But we have one other problem with Bamford – his age. 27 is right in his prime, yes, but Liverpool shouldn’t aim for that. Their forwards are all pushing 30 – Diogo Jota aside – and it’s vital they invest in youth.

Otherwise, Liverpool are simply signing another player they’ll have to replace in a couple of years. Moving for someone under 25 feels more likely, given the long-term return.

We like Bamford but what he’s worth to Leeds isn’t what he’d be worth to Liverpool. And in a summer where the Reds must be careful with their spending, we think they can move in a lower-risk direction.

Someone either much younger or a little more proven would be wonderful. But above all, they’ve got to be cheaper.

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