Liverpool may well be in the market for a new striker this summer, and Darragh MacAnthony wants to see them go for Ivan Toney.
Divock Origi is expected to go, and with Roberto Firmino approaching his 30’s, this may be a chance for Liverpool to bring in a new hitman.
Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic has been strongly linked, with Liverpool allegedly in ‘advanced talks’ – but there could be an option closer to home.
MacAnthony backs Toney for Liverpool move
Darragh MacAnthony may own Peterborough United, but he’s a big Liverpool fan – and he certainly knows Ivan Toney well.
Peterborough signed Toney from Newcastle United in 2018, and sold him on to Brentford in 2020 after a staggering 49 goals in 94 games.
Toney fired Brentford promotion, hitting 31 goals in 45 league outings – and he now has a shot at Premier League glory.
MacAnthony is dreaming of Toney signing for Liverpool, not just because of the hefty sell-on clause but also because he thinks Toney is better than Divock Origi and would thrive off service from Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“I’m a Liverpool fan and I know my players,” said MacAnthony to Peterborough Today. “And I’d be delighted if we signed Ivan. Give me him over (Divock) Origi any day of the week.”
“Liverpool cross the ball with quality for fun and imagine Ivan getting on the end of those crosses from those full-backs!” he added.
Don’t rule this one out
A move this summer may be hard to imagine, but don’t completely rule out Toney turning up at Liverpool in the future.
The Reds have shown they will recruit British players from perceivably smaller clubs, such as Robertson from Hull City and Ben Davies from Preston.
If Toney thrives in the top flight, Michael Edwards will surely take notice and see that he still has potential at the age of 25.
Brentford want a whopping £35million for Toney, and whilst he isn’t a big name, he could put himself on Liverpool’s radar very soon.
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