Brendan Rodgers is under pressure to fix Liverpool’s broken defence, but shouldn’t be fooled into thinking his latest target, Swansea’s Ashley Williams, is the answer.
The Northern Irishman has forged an unwanted reputation of not knowing a shire horse from a donkey when it comes to buying centre-backs and would do that status no favours should he plump for his former charge this summer.
Links with the Welshman and the Reds emerged as the 11/2 top-four hopefuls struggled to contain fierce rivals Manchester United and Arsenal in consecutive outings, but buying the Liberty Stadium star won’t hand Rodgers any further stability next season.
As was the case with Dejan Lovren, Rodgers would have to pay top whack in order to obtain a leading light from a side a tier below Liverpool’s, which already puts the deal on the shaky side of the value charts.
Should Williams struggle, like many before him, to adapt to playing at a higher level then it puts the PR department into overdrive in trying to appease fans furious with another poor signing.
Giving Lovren, who showed a return to form in the recent 2-0 win over Newcastle, another year to bed in would be the preferred option, with Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho providing able support.
Admittedly, Kolo Toure’s time at Anfield is running out, but Emre Can has showed enough in his performances at the back this term to warrant filling in at the position as required next season.
It’s not that Williams is a bad player, because he isn’t, but if Liverpool really want to improve their defence they should save their big-money buys for world-class stars rather than Premier League pros.
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