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Right now’: Chairman urges Liverpool’s owners to go out and sign £40m PL striker

Liverpool have been told they should go and ‘write a big cheque’ for Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

 

Toney has had an excellent start to the Premier League season. Scoring eight goals and earning himself a call-up to the England squad, he’s hot property right now.

 

 

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony certainly thinks so. Speaking on his The Hard Truth podcast, MacAnthony urged Liverpool’s owners to sign the 26-year-old.

 

“Ivan is on a different level. Is there better number nine at Chelsea? Is there a better number nine at Manchester United?” queried the Liverpool fan. “You can go and write a cheque for £100million and buy a player from Holland or France or Italy and give them a year to acclimatise, or you can write a cheque and buy one of the top three number nines in the Premier League, who’s not even in the prime of his career. What do you do?

 

“Right now, if Liverpool had owners who would write that cheque, I’d happily have him in Liverpool’s team like that!”

 

Toney not the answer for Liverpool

This isn’t the first time MacAnthony has championed signing Toney for Liverpool. But given that he’s, firstly, a Liverpool fan and, secondly, the chairman of Toney’s former club, it should be taken with a pinch of salt.

 

There are probably many fans who would potentially feel the same way as him. The Brentford man has shown himself to be a consistent Premier League goal scorer over the last year-and-a-bit after all.

 

Frankly though, that doesn’t mean he’s the answer for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp will have to oversee a bit of an overhaul of his squad over the next year or so. Signing every Premier League player who has a good run of form shouldn’t be part of that overhaul.

 

If Toney was available for a lower price, then it might be a different story. But as per the Independent, Brentford were quoting teams £40m for him this summer.

 

As he’s kicked on since then and also had some international recognition, that price may have shot up further.

 

For a player who would more than likely be a back-up at Anfield, that is simply too expensive.

 

To be fair, MacAnthony does acknowledge as much. But if Liverpool had owners who were keen to write cheques like that more frequently, then they should be targeting better players than Toney.

 

Of course, the former Newcastle man could make a mockery of that claim. He looks on course for a move to top club at some stage. Only then will we likely find out if he has the quality to be a Liverpool player. For now, the Reds can’t afford to take that gamble.

 

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