Redknapp: The ideal signing for Liverpool this summer would be Tottenham fringe player
By Harry Sykes
Jamie Redknapp has claimed in the Mail the ideal signing for Liverpool during the summer window would be Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min.
High-profile pundit Redknapp insisted that Jurgen Klopp’s side are “unstoppable” when their first choice front four of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana are fit and firing.
But it is when injuries bite that Liverpool have often struggled, particularly when trying to finish off less heralded opponents.
Redknapp is convinced that what the Merseysiders need to do in the summer window is buy a player who can “nick a goal” when the leading lights are unavailable.
He namechecked Spurs’ Son, who has been on the fringes of the side for much of the season as he struggled to nail down a regular starting role when all the top rankers in Mauricio Pochettino’s side were fit, as the personification of such a valuable player.
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“We all know what Liverpool can do against their top-six rivals. It is when they face sides like Stoke that Jurgen Klopp’s side have faltered,” wrote Redknapp in his weekly Mail column.
“I did not expect Liverpool to fight back and win on Saturday. They have been too nice at times this season. They are scintillating when all is well but when the going gets tough they have lacked character.
“That win will go some way to help Liverpool finish in the top four but it showed how reliant they are on Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. When the Brazilian duo, and Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, are fit Liverpool are unstoppable.
“What they need next season is a squad player like Son Heung-min who will nick a goal when the first-choice forwards are injured.”
Son, 23, has been thrust into the limelight during Harry Kane’s absence with ankle ligament damage and responded with a glut of goals.
He has scored seven goals in Tottenham’s last five matches to lift his tally for the season in all competitions to an impressive 18 goals from 39 appearances.
The south Korean’s record of 11 Premier League strikes is particularly impressive given that 10 of his 27 Spurs league appearances have come as a substitute.
In other Tottenham news, the club have terminated the contract of one of their defenders.