Whelan: Forget Bamford joining Liverpool as their fans want a much bigger name

Liverpool will not move for Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford this summer as their fans will expect a more high profile capture.

That is according to ex-Leeds ace Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Athletic reported that Liverpool “admire” the 27-year-old.

The report also claims that Leeds quietly triggered an extension clause in Bamford’s contract last summer, taking his current deal beyond 2022.

Bamford has 22 goals contributions (15 goals, 7 assists) in 36 top-flight matches this season.

But Whelan claims that his numbers won’t be enough to win over the Anfield faithful who will be desperate for a blockbuster addition.

“It’s one season. He’s got to do it again,” he told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

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“It’s okay getting 15 goals but if you emulate that next season them maybe there’s more of a case for it [Liverpool move].

“But it’s very difficult for players to concentrate on a move away when there’s so much going on and you have to get this season out the way.

“Would he fit Liverpool? I think he would because they play quite similar football to what we do.

“The only question is, would the fans want a little bit more? That’s the problem. Are they wanting a bigger name? They probably will be.

“Either way, I’m sure Leeds won’t be taking any offers at the moment for Patrick Bamford.”

Leeds beat Burnley 4-0 on Saturday to move into the top half of the table.

Bamford started that match as he has every single one of Leeds’ 36 top-flight fixtures this season.

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