Wilfried Zaha is still a Crystal Palace player one week from the Premier League kick-off but is Liverpool his perfect destination?
Danny Murphy believes Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is exactly the sort of player Liverpool need to add quality and depth to their small yet star-studded squad, speaking to talkSPORT.
With the Community Shield just three days away, the Reds have added just two players to their roster in the off-season – teenagers Sepp Van der Berg and Harvey Elliott.
Liverpool might have accumulated 97 points in the Premier League last season while beating Tottenham in Madrid to be crowned Champions of Europe for the sixth time, but many fans are concerned that Jurgen Klopp’s side are standing still while their top-flight rivals strengthen.
The much-vaunted front three of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane remains as thrilling as ever but there is a lack of real cover if a dreaded injury curse strikes with Divock Origi inconsistent and Rhian Brewster unproven.
Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy believes that the much-admired Zaha is exactly what Liverpool need – though he adds that Palace talisman would hardly be guaranteed a starting place in Klopp’s team.
“He’s the type of player who wouldn’t make the team weaker if he was playing instead of Mane or Firmino,” Murphy said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (2 August, 9.30am).
“(But) is a player with that sort of quality going to sit on the bench? Are Liverpool going to pay £50m million for a player who might not be a starter?”
In truth, Zaha will probably cost even more than £50 million. According to the Express, Crystal Palace value the Ivory Coast international at closer to £70 million amid interest from Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton.
And Klopp has made it clear that Liverpool will not be making any eye-watering signings between now and the end of the transfer window, having paid world-record fees for Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker in 2018.