Liverpool would be making a “panic buy” if they decided to sign Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.
Merson wrote in his Daily Star column that the Reds shouldn’t sign the Belgian international because he may not fit into Jurgen Klopp’s system:
“One name that keeps cropping up is Youri Tielemans, who was dropped to the bench by Leicester last weekend as he continues to angle for a move. I’m just not sure if he suits Liverpool. I might be wrong but if they do go for him, it’s a panic buy. There hasn’t been any interest in him before this mini-crisis. I don’t like that – when you lose a couple of games and all of a sudden, you buy someone who wasn’t even on the radar.”
Regarding Tielemans, Merson does have a point. The 25-year-old is a good passer and decent ball-striker, but he lacks the willingness to run, which is a prerequisite for any midfielder who wants to play every week for Liverpool.
According to reports, Leicester may sell the Belgian for between £25 million and £30 million as a result of his contract situation, so it is believed that he is relatively cheap. Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest in the player.
But simply signing someone because they are reasonably priced isn’t enough. Tielemans doesn’t exactly fit the description of the “right” players that Liverpool has taken pride in signing over the years, in Merson’s opinion.