Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool made a mistake with Wilfried Bony

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool should have bought Wilfried Bony in the summer.

QPR ace Rio Ferdinand has told Liverpool they missed out on Wilfried Bony, speaking to The Sun.

The former England international says that Brendan Rodgers made a big mistake not raiding his former club Swansea City, and has now had to stand by and watch the Ivorian sign for Manchester city instead.

Liverpool bought two strikers last summer, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, who between them have not scored half the goals Bony has this season.

He told The Sun: "I reckon Liverpool missed a trick not buying Wilfried Bony.

"He was reputedly available for £20m from Swansea in the summer but Liverpool spent £16m on Mario Balotelli instead. And when his price went up to £28m it seems Brendan Rodgers was not able to compete.

"There is no way Liverpool would be stuck down in eighth with Bony in their team."

Another reason Liverpool fell out of contention in the Bony race this January was their Champions League elimination.

At City, Bony has a chance to line up against Barcelona in the competition's last 16 for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Liverpool would have had the money last summer even with the price at £28 million, but even felt Balotelli and Lambert at the same price as Bony for £20 million would get them where they aspire to be.

Having been in pursuit of the Premier League title until the very last moment last season, the entirety of last summer's business, rather than one specific decision, looks questionable for the Reds

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