Liverpool have been urged to sign Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe by Kevin Phillips despite the Gunners tying him down to a new long-term contract.
The Reds are in the market for a new central midfielder after Georginio Wijnaldum left the club following the expiry of his Liverpool contract.
While they are looking for a traditional no.8, signing a more creative midfielder that plays between the lines would give Jurgen Klopp an interesting option. Surprisingly, Smith-Rowe is 1.82m which is almost 6ft on the dot.
“He [Jarrod Bowen] could be a good player for them,” Phillips told Football Insider. “It’s whether he will go there and play regularly for them. It could be another Shaqiri situation.
“I don’t want to see that. Bowen is thriving at West Ham, he’s found a team where he can play regularly.
“If Liverpool want to sign a player like that, why don’t they go for someone like Emile Smith Rowe?”
The obvious answer? He’s just signed a new long-term contract and if Liverpool wanted to sign him they wouldn’t have waited until just a few days after he renewed his contract to make an approach.
Aston Villa tried to sign him before his contract extension but the Gunners rejected two bids, with the second worth £30million so it’s fair to assume that he’s worth more than that.
Liverpool are slowly but surely running out of time to get their signings in the front door before the season starts.
Despite the panic setting in on social media, there should be no reason for concern. The 14th of August will see the 2021/22 Premier League season kick-off and the Reds have made just one signing.
Ibrahima Konate is the only signing so far but Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara joined the club late last summer as well and they have been sensational for the Reds.
And while there is always desperation from fans to see signings made before the season starts, clubs have until the end of August to get their business done.
Now is not the time to panic. Especially when Klopp and Michael Edwards are yet to fail us.