Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has given his opinion on the Reds’ transfer model, claiming that he is not worried over their summer business.
In an interview with Sky Sports, as relayed by Liverpool Echo, Jamie Carragher has had his say on the relatively quiet summer transfer window for Liverpool. The Reds’ legend has claimed that he is not too worried about the fact that the Merseyside giants did not make too many signings, backing them for their transfer model.
Indeed, Liverpool only signed one player in the summer transfer window, with Ibrahima Konate arriving at Anfield in the early stages of the window. Thereafter, the former Premier League champions were linked with a myriad of players over the course of the summer, only to barely have any movement around the club.
There were not a lot of sales made either, with Xherdan Shaqiri the only significant outgoing apart from Georginio Wijnaldum’s exit on a free transfer. Speaking of Wijnaldum, it was speculated that Liverpool would sign a replacement, with the likes of Renato Sanches, Eduardo Camavinga and Yves Bissouma being linked.
However, Harvey Elliott has instead been promoted within the first-team setup, with the teenage prodigy already starting a couple of games in the middle of the park. And Jamie Carragher was quizzed about whether the lack of business should concern Liverpool fans.
The Liverpool legend said, “I’m not worried about it, that’s the basic model. Liverpool’s owners don’t have the revenue of Manchester City, Roman Abramovich, nor do they bring in as much money as Manchester United do. So, Liverpool have had a model since FSG have come in and it’s worked spectacularly.”
“They’re seen as one of the best operators in the transfer market and how they go about their business. What Liverpool don’t do is they don’t make silly decisions, compared to when I was a player. So, everyone was calling for them to sign a centre-back permanently in January but they waited until the summer to get the one they wanted.”
“When you see what Chelsea are doing bringing Lukaku in; it’s a fantastic signing but Liverpool wouldn’t pay that money for a 28-year-old striker. They wouldn’t have bought Harry Kane or a Ronaldo type, who is 36. They don’t do that and have a set way of doing things which has proved to be successful. I think it’s difficult to criticise what Michael Edwards and FSG have done since they have been at the club.”
Elliott has indeed come in for a lot of praise, but it remains to be seen if he has what it takes to truly fill the void left by the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, while the decision to not sign a forward might haunt Liverpool as well. It remains to be seen how they fare in the season to come.