Sunday 20 May 2018

Don't go - 55pc of our readers believe Liverpool switch would be wrong move for Shane Long

Shane Long (Reuters)
Shane Long (Reuters)
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

More than half of readers surveyed believe a move to Liverpool would be ill-advised for Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long.

The Southampton forward continues to be linked with an £8m move to Anfield, especially with Saints dipping into the transfer market to purchase Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers.

Manager Ronad Koeman has stated publicly that he has no intention of selling any of his players before the close of thr January window, but the Tipperary native is believed to be a target for the goal-shy Reds.

In a poll conducted among 1,226 of our readers, 55p believed that a Merseyside move would not be in the best interests of the Tipperary native.

International colleague Robbie Keane had an ill-fated seven-month stint at Anfield before returning to Tottenham Hotspur and the former Tipperary minor will be aware his playing time may well be reduced further by signing for the Reds.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy told Talksport yesterday that he was shocked by any suggestion that the Tipperary native could be on Jurgen Klopp's shopping list.

"No, no, no, no, no," said Murphy.

"There's no point bringing in players who aren't better than what you've already got. Would you suggest Long is a better player than (Christian) Benteke? I don't think so."

Didi Hamann takes the opposite view, describing Long as the "perfect fit" compared to highly touted recruits who have flattered to deceive.

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