Christian Purslow thinks Liverpool need to reinvest the £142m we’ve just received from selling Coutinho on an elite midfielder.
The businessman worked as a Director at Anfield between 2009 and 2011, helping remove the club from the hands of Hicks and Gillett and allow NESV, now FSG, to take full ownership.
On Sky Sports last night, Purslow suggested Liverpool should target PSG’s world-class operator Marco Verratti – using the example of N’Golo Kante winning titles for Leicester and Chelsea as evidence.
“Go and buy Marco Verratti from PSG,” he said, cited in the Telegraph.
“Who has won the league in the last two years?
“Leicester and Chelsea.
What was the common denominator?
“Would he have made Liverpool better?
“He is a world-class player, I just think Liverpool have to aim high.
“I don’t want fine, I want brilliant, because they just sold brilliant.
“‘Fine gets you fourth, fifth, sixth.”
It’s a nice idea, but wholly unrealistic, sadly.
Verratti is a guaranteed starter for PSG, the richest club in the world – and the last time someone tried to sign him – his club took revenge by activating Neymar’s Barca release-clause!
We’d prefer they didn’t start sniffing around Mo Salah, for the time being, truth be told.
Purslow is right though that we should target the best, because the last time we sold an elite player in Luis Suarez, we suffered badly by replacing him poorly.
Verratti won’t happen, but maybe Julian Draxler, his team-mate, would be slightly more likely.