Collymore urges Liverpool to sign £100m man on astronomical wages

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Stan Collymore believes Jurgen Klopp needs to shake up his Liverpool title winners with a marquee signing this summer.

Klopp, who had to pull out of a move for Timo Werner because of the heavy price tag, has added Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas to his ranks.

Former Liverpool forward Collymore though thinks Klopp needs a big signing to jolt the dressing room and has named Antoine Griezmann as the man to get.

The Frenchman had an underwhelming debut season in Catalonia after his £107m move from Atletico Madrid.

In fact, over the weekend the Daily Mail tentatively linked Griezmann with the Premier League champions.
However, according to L’Equipe, Barcelona “swept away” any doubts over his future in talks back in July. The 15-goal striker was flanked by his representatives and faced Barca’s top officials.

The decision of Lionel Messi to stay put will keep Griezmann in the shadows, while the talented Ansu Fati is also likely to get plenty of game time by Ronald Koeman this season.

So with Griezmann down the pecking order at the Camp Nou Collymore has suggested that Liverpool make a move.

He told The Mirror: “United boss Sir Alex Ferguson created a dynasty by constantly freshening things up with marquee signings. Liverpool haven’t yet done that.

“Rio Ferdinand arrived at Old Trafford as the world’s most expensive defender. Then you had players like Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Juan Veron.



“Signings like that say: ‘This is a test for you in the dressing-room now.’ Compare that to the message Liverpool’s dressing-room has received with the arrival of only full-back ­Konstantinos Tsimikas in the summer and Takumi Minamino in January.

“If Liverpool want to defend their title then they have to get the cheque book out.

‘I like the Antoine Griezmann rumour’

Nelson Semedo, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi

“That’s why I like the Antoine Griezmann rumour – if Liverpool were to get the French international striker then the dressing room would be thinking the cavalry had finally arrived.

“Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson created a dynasty by constantly freshening things up with marquee signings. Liverpool haven’t done that yet.

“The only that that does give me comfort if the fact they have won several trophies recently and clearly like the feeling.”

Klopp was asked about the lack of French players in his squad last December and he actually name checked Griezmann.

He said: “There is no reason for it. Kylian plays for PSG. Griezmann wanted to go to Barcelona obviously – we know how good that team is.”

It was enough to suggest that Klopp has more than a passing interest in Griezmann. But his huge fee and his reported £359,000-a-week wages would surely have put paid to a transfer even if the France star had wanted to move to Anfield.