Saturday 17 March 2018

'No, no, no' – Former Anfield star Danny Murphy pleads with Liverpool not to sign Shane Long

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes a move for Southampton striker Shane Long would be a mistake as the Republic of Ireland frontman will not improve the options available to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds have again been linked with an £8m move for the Tipperary native, though Saints boss Ronaldo Koeman has insisted that he does not want any of his players leaving St. Mary's during the transfer window.

Liverpool's 1-0 home reversal to Manchester United highlighted again their shortcomings in front of goal, with Roberto Firmino leading the attack in a 'false nine' role.

With Christian Benteke struggling to win over Klopp and Daniel Sturridge again sidelined, the Merseysiders may be forced into the transfer market, but Murphy doesn't believe Long is the solution.

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Asked about the rumours on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Murphy said: “Shane Long? Really?! No, no, no, no, no.

“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 Benteke? I don’t think so. Liverpool have to play Benteke and use him better.

"You have to play to Benteke's strengths. The way Liverpool are playing at the moment isn’t really suited to what Benteke is good at…yet he’s still their top goalscorer."

Long joined Southampton from Hull for £14m in 2014 and has scored eight goals this season, but his future at the South Coast club is uncertain following the arrival of Charlie Austin from QPR.

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