COMMENT By Richard Parks
Liverpool must seize advantage of Jack Wilshere’s contract stalemate at Arsenal and snap him up in the deal of 2018.
Forget the injuries, the extended spells on the treatment table, and the failure to live up to the expectations hoisted upon him when he was going toe to toe with Xavi in his teens.
Wilshere could do a brilliant job for Liverpool, just as he could for Everton and the many other leading teams looking at taking advantage over his increasingly likely availability this summer.
Sure, he won’t play every game, and maybe no more than half of them, but he would be an excellent addition to the squad in a position where the team have decent but far from outstanding options.
Obviously, Naby Keita is joining in the summer but he is a number eight who will drive forward to join the attacks. Wilshere is at his best picking the ball up from the defenders and dictating the tempo of a game.
The Daily Star claim Everton are showing the “strongest interest” in winning the race for the signature of the 26-year-old England international after the Mirror reported that the Merseysiders have tabled an offer to the England midfielder.
Liverpool have also be named by the Mirror as expressing an interest in Wilshere and now is the time to step up their interest and blow their local rival out of the water.
The Daily Star have previously reported that Everton have already tabled a staggering £8million signing-on fee to Wilshere and are ready to pay him more than his current £120,000-a-week salary.
These are numbers Liverpool can comfortably match, and should do for a proven Premier League player.
Wilshere has showed signs this season of finally overcoming the injury problems that have decimated a career that once promise to make him a global great.
He has made 31 appearances for the Gunners and been one of the team’s best players since the turn of the year. He also looks in seriously good physical nick, lean and sturdy.
His recent England pull-out does not bode well for his hopes of making the World Cup squad, or of landing the mega contract from the Gunners that he is clearly holding out for.
Nevertheless, the Arsenal academy product has the touch, vision and class to improve a Liverpool midfield that has looked short of top quality this season.
He would be a fine signing and Liverpool must go all out to get him.
In other Liverpool news, the club are to table a mega goal machine offer, he will certainly be at Anfield in 18/19.