Brendan Rodgers should forget about etiquette and go after Ashley Williams of Swansea City this summer.
He should forget about etiquette because otherwise he’ll miss out on signing one of the cast iron, out and out central defenders playing Premier League football.
Liverpool have big shoes to fill as Jamie Carragher’s announced that he’s calling it a day once Liverpool have played their final match of the current campaign.
There is also the big threat that Zenit St Petersburg will make good on their claims that they will take Martin Skrtel back to Russian football which leaves an even bigger hole in the Liverpool defence to fill.
Williams’ qualities as a defender are so basic and effective that Liverpool should go to Swansea with a blank cheque.
He’s 28-years-old and at the peak of his career and he’s played under Rodgers before so there wouldn’t be any settling in period or time to adjust. He could sign, train and then play, it’s that simple.
He’s extremely physical and effective in the air which is important for Liverpool who seem to be creating a team based around smaller players.
Rodgers has always looked for key figures in his teams to take care of the other players and while Williams would not replace Steven Gerrard as captain, he would play a big role as a sort of protector of the squad as he does at Swansea.
How easy it is for Liverpool to tempt him away remains to be seen but Rodgers has already dented his agreement with Swansea about not signing former players, as he pushed through the £15 million transfer of Joe Allen.
Liverpool’s defensive record this season has actually been quite good. They have conceded fewer home goals than Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal and just as many as Chelsea.
However, they have conceded 22 goals on the road which is the highest amount of any side in the top eight so there are improvements which can be made.
Therefore, for the club to progress and get better there has to be stability and growth in the defence which is only going to come with the arrival of straight up defenders who like nothing better than denying chances and getting stuck in.
Williams could relish a move to Liverpool, especially if the club has guaranteed European football next season. However, as things stand, Swansea are just two points off Liverpool which may render switching clubs a little pointless.
Liverpool fans, would you be happy if the club signed Williams?
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