Cundy said: “There are strikers out there who can do a job. Charlie Austin would have been perfect for Liverpool. For £4 million there is no risk attached to it. Fair play to Southampton - that is a great piece of business. Liverpool need to be doing those sort of deals, not going out to spend £40 or £50 million.”
The 26-year-old scored 18 goals in the top flight last term, but his price has been reduced as he was out of contract at the end of this season. QPR decided to cash in this month, rather than lose the forward for free in the summer, with Austin not expected to remain at Loftus Road with the side still in the Championship.
For the fee, Southampton have completed arguably the best business of the January transfer window, and Cundy believes Liverpool should have swooped in for Austin given his asking price was so low.
The Reds need a striker, with Jurgen Klopp not showing faith in any of his current options, and Austin would have brought guaranteed goals, a technical ability that Christian Benteke lacks, and the ability to still play route one if needed.
He is a fantastic all-round striking option, and for the fee, a bargain transfer.
Liverpool will likely go out and sign a striker this month, but there are no doubts that few options will be available for a £4 million fee who are as good as Austin.