Theo Walcott has said he is surprised Liverpool didn’t move in for James Ward-Prowse during the summer, with the England international signing for West Ham.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Southampton attacker claimed that a club like Liverpool should have made a move for the 28-year-old midfielder in the transfer window.
Ward-Prowse was Southampton’s captain last season as the Saints were relegated from the Premier League, with David Moyes winning the race to sign the set-piece maestro this summer.
Yet Walcott now believes that Liverpool could have been an ideal move for Ward-Prowse, especially with the Reds losing key leadership in the squad in the form of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.
Walcott said when asked if he was shocked that Ward-Prowse didn’t earn a move to a top-six Premier League club: “I was, I can’t lie about that.
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“I was surprised someone like Liverpool, especially with the likes of Henderson moving on, he’s that sort of type.”
Liverpool should have considered Ward-Prowse this summer
Liverpool are no strangers to signing talent from relegated clubs, which it might be a surprise why Ward-Prowse was never strongly linked with a move to Anfield this summer.
Although the Reds tried to sign the midfielder’s former teammate in Romeo Lavia, there’s no denying that Ward-Prowse could have been a fantastic addition to Liverpool’s ranks this summer.
With a goal and three assists already for West Ham, Ward-Prowse has been in fine form this campaign, and Liverpool might have missed a trick in not pushing to sign the midfielder.