1.82m tall – Liverpool told to sign Arsenal gem worth more than £30million

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.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United celebrates after scoring their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux on April 05, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United celebrates after scoring their team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux on April 05, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“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.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 04: Emile Smith-Rowe of Arsenal scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Qarabag FK and Arsenal at on October 4, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – OCTOBER 04: Emile Smith-Rowe of Arsenal scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Qarabag FK and Arsenal at on October 4, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Diogo Jota (R) of Liverpool celebrates with team mates Sadio Mane and Thiago after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on March 15, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 15: Diogo Jota (R) of Liverpool celebrates with team mates Sadio Mane and Thiago after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on March 15, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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