Robbie Fowler wants Liverpool to strengthen but doubts Harry Kane transfer from Tottenham Hotspur
Robbie Fowler has urged Jurgen Klopp to strengthen the Liverpool squad in the summer window while speaking to talkSPORT, but doubts his former side can agree a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
Fowler believes the Reds risk going backwards next season if Klopp does not improve his options at Anfield, having been hit by a raft of injuries this term while others are expected to improve in the transfer market.
Kane is likely to be a point of focus throughout the off-season, following reports by Sky Sports that the England captain has told Tottenham for the second year running that he wants out of north London and would prefer to remain in the Premier League.
Manchester United, Man City and Chelsea are all understood to have reached out to Kane’s representatives to express their interest, while the Daily Star report Pep Guardiola’s champions had approached Tottenham in January as well.
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to sell but would accept offers of £100million to sell to Man City due to the broken relationships shared with Manchester United and Chelsea, who face an asking price of around £150m (ESPN).
Fowler feels a valuation in that region would easily price Liverpool out of the market but has urged Klopp to explore potential new arrivals this summer.
“I’ve always had a theory that if you’re not signing players, you’re potentially going backwards because other teams in and around you will be signing players and going that little bit further,” Fowler said.
“If a club have got real ambitions of winning Premier Leagues, winning Champions Leagues, then you’ve got to sign players. Harry Kane is one of the outstanding players in the Premier League, he really is. I’m not surprised that there’s not going to be a shortage of clubs wanting to sign him
“Whether clubs can afford him, I don’t know. You look at City and Manchester United, they could probably afford him. I’m not sure Liverpool have got the money to bring in a player of that ilk and a player of that price.”
Fowler is right to suggest Liverpool may struggle to afford Kane, as Klopp told the Reds’ club website over the weekend that he is not sure what budget will be available to him.
But Klopp may not share Fowler’s belief that Liverpool need to add numbers in the summer, as the German added that he is not sure if signings are necessary despite admitting that his current squad can be improved on.
Whether that is the right stance to take over the Liverpool offence remains to be seen, given they struggled this season and only claimed a top-four finish on the final day of the season.
The Reds also only won three of 15 league games between December 20 and April 2 when Mohamed Salah did not score, and failed to find the back of the net seven times in that period.
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