Opinion: Liverpool should avoid £108m striker

The biggest news in world football this week has been the future of Spurs and England striker Harry Kane. But should Liverpool enter the race for the 27-year-old?

It had previously been reported by The Athletic last month that if Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League that Kane would push for a move.

However, his recent interview with Gary Neville for Sky Sports has only added more fuel to the fire.

LONDON – ENGLAND – MAY 19, Harry Kane leads his players around the pitch to clap the home fans at the end of Spurs’ final home game of the season. (Photo by Sky Sports)

He told Neville: “For me, I don’t want to come to the end of my career and have any regrets so I want to be the best that I can be. I’ve said before, I never say I’d stay at Spurs for the rest of my career… I’d never say I’d leave Spurs.

“I’m at that stage where you can say you know, people may say ‘oh he’s desperate for trophies, he needs the trophies’.”

As a neutral fan, it is clear to see that if Harry Kane wants to win trophies he may need to leave North London.

There is no doubt that once the interview had surfaced that the biggest clubs around Europe would be on red alert. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Real Madrid would all love to sign Kane.

But should Liverpool be another club to throw their hat into the ring for the England number nine?

Three reasons why Liverpool should not sign Harry Kane

Reason one

The first reason for Liverpool not signing Harry Kane is the most important one, the transfer fee. Harry Kane is currently valued at £108m in today’s market, with that fee-only likely to rise should a bidding war start.

Especially with Daniel Levy in charge (who can be hard enough to negotiate with at the best of times), Kane will not be sold for a penny under Levy’s valuation of the striker.

BARCELONA – SPAIN – DECEMBER 11 2018, Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy sits in Nou Camp as his side draw 1-1 against Barcelona. (Photo by HITC)

Also, there is a high chance that if Kane was to be sold to an English club that a premium could be added onto any sale.

Reason two

Harry Kane has started to pick up injuries on a more regular occurrence in recent seasons. This season Kane has missed just five games through injury but last season he missed 16 games through injury or illness. With the season before that seeing him miss 17 as well.

Liverpool’s success since Klopp’s arrival has all stemmed around durability from his attackers.

However, at 27 years old injuries will only occur more often. And after this season’s injury record the last thing we need is players who get injured regularly.

Reason three

Erling Haaland is the final reason for the club not signing Harry Kane. The Norwegian striker has a release clause of €75m which will be activated in the summer of 2022. This has been confirmed by Fabrizio Romano on his podcast.

It makes no sense to sign Harry kane for £100m+ at the age of 27 when Haaland will be 22 next summer and available for around £64m.

We know with FSG that they tend to make the signing that makes the most sense. And waiting a year for Haaland makes more sense than overpaying for Harry Kane.


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