Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports’ Weekend Preview podcast that he was surprised Liverpool did not consider a move to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, after Chelsea confirmed the capture of the Moroccan ace.
Ajax confirmed on their official website on Thursday afternoon that Chelsea and Ajax had come to an agreement to sign 26-year-old Ziyech for an initial £33.3million – though a fee could rise to £36.7million, if ‘variable factors’ are met.
Ziyech has starred for Ajax since joining the Dutch club in the summer of 2016. In just over three and a half years, the 32-time Morocco international has scored 48 goals in 160 games from out wide, as well as laying on an enormous 82 assists.
Liverpool legend Carragher described Ziyech as “outstanding” in last season’s stunning Champions League campaign that saw Ajax reach the semi-finals of the competition – and claims he is surprised Liverpool did not go after the African ace.
“He [Ziyech] was outstanding last season in Ajax’s Champions League run. I thought he was a player Liverpool could look at, as cover for Mane or Salah. But it looks as though Frank Lampard has got his business done early,” Carragher said.
TBR’s view – Ziyech would have been a very useful Liverpool signing
Salah and Mane have both been used tirelessly by Jurgen Klopp in the big games, but a suspension or a lengthy injury to either player would see Liverpool’s attack seriously diminish.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi are good players, but they are some way off Mane and Salah – and indeed Ziyech. For a bargain price of less than £40million, Ziyech would have value for money and a top, top signing.