Former Liverpool and Ajax midfielder Jan Molby gave a stark account of his thoughts on Liverpool’s transfer business over the past 12 months and raged that more wasn’t done to sign ex-Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic.
The 51-year-old told the 5-Times podcast: ‘’[Mario] Mandzukic was allowed to leave Bayern Munich and go to Atletico Madrid, with nobody including Liverpool showing any real interest.
‘’How do you not show interest? That’s the type of player you want [at Liverpool].’’
The Croatian, who signed for Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer, has proved to be a success for Diego Simone’s side in La Liga and has netted 20 goals in 33 games in all competitions – 16 more than Mario Balotelli.
Should Liverpool have pushed the boat out to sign Mandzukic?
Although the argument of whether Rodgers could have coerced the player to Liverpool over the reigning La Liga champions and Champions League finalists is another argument for another day.
The former Wolfsburg striker, who was consistently at the top of Bundesliga’s top goalscorer chart, was and still is one of the more proven forwards in Europe and could have been the ideal replacement for the Barcelona-bound Luis Suarez.
There is nothing to say Liverpool didn’t attempt to sign Mandzukic and it would be a shock if they didn’t at least enquire about his availability. However, even if they did, it would be a small consolation to supporters who have bemoaned their side’s struggles in attack for the majority of the season.
The key for Rodgers in the upcoming transfer window should be to set that right and bring in a striker that is finally a worthy replacement for Suarez.