Liverpool considered James Ward-Prowse in the transfer window, according to reports. The Reds may regret not pursuing that interest.
Goal claims Liverpool had eyes on James Ward-Prowse this summer. He was one of a few players the club looked at but eventually ignored.
Liverpool, of course, ended up having a remarkably quiet transfer window. They signed Ibrahima Konate back in May but left it at that, not signing another player before the deadline.
Ward-Prowse, though, might be one they come to regret. If he was available, he could have been an ideal addition.
We’re inclined to believe that Southampton would have sold for the right amount this summer. If only because Aston Villa tried.
They offered £25m for Ward-Prowse, per the Athletic, but were knocked back. So while we know the player would have cost more than £25m, clubs clearly believed he was attainable.
Even for £35m, it’s clear that Ward-Prowse could have brought a lot to Liverpool’s midfield. He feels like a very natural fit, in fact, as a high-energy player who offers a fantastic set-piece threat.
Ward-Prowse could have slotted into Gini Wijnaldum’s former role quite nicely. He can win tackles, start counter-attacks, and keep possession well. His ability to find full-backs with cross-field passes lends itself well to Jurgen Klopp’s system, too.
Liverpool opted not to replace Wijnaldum at all, of course. That’s despite their heavy reliance on the player last season – he was the only senior midfielder who consistently remained fit.
Which brings us to another benefit of Ward-Prowse. He played all 38 Premier League games last season and all 38 the season before that, too. Liverpool lack midfielders like that.
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all had issues within the last 12 months. We expect all of them to have problems this season, too.
So we wonder if Liverpool will regret not pursuing Ward-Prowse. He fits the style in several ways, is remarkably reliable, and there’s room in the squad for him.
If he was available for even a halfway-decent price, this could have been a great signing.