‘Not good enough’: Ian Wright says Liverpool should have signed the £78m defender from their rivals now

Ian Wright slammed Liverpool’s transfer approach and slammed them for not investing enough in their defence.

Josko Gvardiol at Manchester City

The Arsenal legend reckons Liverpool should have pushed for Josko Gvardiol signing ahead of his move to Manchester City this summer.

The former striker claims it’s “not good enough” that during the Jurgen Klopp era they only paid money for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Andy Robertson and Konstantinos Tsimikas, he said Premier League Productions (9/3/23 at 1:45 p.m.).

On Sunday, with Konate injured and van Dijk suspended, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip started at the heart of defence.

Given that the Reds were up against a goal-scoring Aston Villa side, they did pretty well, conceding a goal alongside the three points.

But Wright thinks Liverpool missed a trick by not renewing their defense this summer, citing Gvardiol as an example after transferring £78million to the treble winners (Sky Sports)

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“If you play with that reverse full-back, I’m not sure if Joe Gomez or Joel Matip is the guy,” Wright said.

“If you look at Liverpool over the last few years since they brought in a proper defender. Yes, they paid for Virgil van Dijk and Konate. AndyRobertson. Also Tsimikas. Four players they paid for, that’s not good enough for a club of this size and what they’re trying to achieve.

“I think Liverpool should have had a real top defender like Josko Gvardiol. He was out there. You should try to get in (even if he goes to Man City).”

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FSG or Klopp are too loyal?

Liverpool’s lack of proactiveness in the transfer market is worrying. The best example is the renewal of the midfield this summer, which should have happened 12 months ago or even before that.

But a number of players have left Anfield on free transfers or been offered contracts if they haven’t performed. Is that because Klopp is too loyal?

Or should the finger be pointed at FSG for not supporting a manager who, when supported, has won all sorts of trophies for the club?

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