Put his Everton past to one side for a moment and seriously consider some of the top quality defenders who could be available this summer, on a budget that suits Liverpool at the moment.
Joleon Lescott is definitely on that list because of the frustrating time he’s had this season, warming the bench after playing a vital role in the side’s Premier League title win last season.
There are so many reasons Liverpool should go after this player and why he should jump at the chance to move to Anfield if there is even the smallest hint of official interest.
Lescott has Premier League experience which will be vital in replacing Jamie Carragher, one of the greatest defenders the club has ever produced and used.
Liverpool have been linked with a variety of various defenders from all over Europe, who would all probably be around the same price as the Manchester City centre back, with the difference being Lescott knows the league and they don’t.
It should be a very appealing move for him because he’s not taking a step down in terms of club stature. He’s going from one massive club to another with the only difference being a smaller chance of silverware.
He’d also be going to a club where there is a clear place for him in the side and a chance to nail down that position early next year, ensuring that Brendan Rodgers builds a defence around him.
That in turn will give him a great chance of getting back his place in the England side, which seems to be something he feels very passionate about and something which has greatly upset him this season.
So can Liverpool pull it off? Well, to begin with Lescott only has one year remaining on his current contract with City which means if they aren’t going to keep him, this summer is there last chance to get a decent fee for him.
So he could easily be available and he has a market value of around £10 million which is the sort of price that Liverpool can stretch to, regardless of any reports about their summer transfer budget.
They shouldn’t really have any big competition to try and sign him unless it’s coming from another of the big clubs in and around them.
Everton could try and re-sign him but that’s about as tough as it’s going to get because all of the other big sides seem to have back fours which they are happy with and very confident in.
Therefore, if Liverpool want him and he’s interested, there is no reason this deal couldn’t go through quickly at the start of the summer.
Can you see him in the Liverpool back four?
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