Peterborough chairman (and Liverpool fan) Darragh MacAnthony believes the Reds should have considered making a move for Brentford’s Ivan Toney this summer.
MacAnthony sold Toney to the Bees for £15m two years ago but, after scoring five goals in his first seven league appearances this season, some have asked why bigger clubs didn’t make a move for the 26-year-old.
Liverpool could spend upwards of £85m on Darwin Nunez but MacAnthony feels their money could have been better spent on Toney instead:
“Let me ask you the next question. Darwin Nunez, £85 million, 23, Ivan Toney, 26. Who is the better number nine? Nunez might have a hell of a career, he might do really well for Liverpool, Liverpool like to be direct – let’s not joke Liverpool are a direct football team, all of our goals come from full-backs and crosses. We are a little direct and it suits us, there’s nothing wrong with that. You’re telling me an Ivan Toney in Liverpool’s team wouldn’t score 25 goals with those full-backs delivering. Come off it!”
Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea have all been linked with Toney in recent months but his reported £50m asking price is believed to have put off potential suitors.
When it comes to Liverpool, it seems a decision was made to go after Nunez very early on in the summer. It remains to be seen whether the Uruguayan will be able to match Toney’s goal output in the Premier League this campaign.