Stewart Downing believes that Liverpool should go after Tottenham’s Son Heung-min this summer, even if the South Korean would cost a lot of money.
Son is coming off the best season of his career, having notched up 23 goals in the Premier League, which was enough to see him share the Golden Boot with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Football.London reported last month that Liverpool were weighing up a big money approach for the Spurs forward this summer if the North Londoners had failed to secure a top-four finish.
However, the journalist explained that the Reds decided not to waste their time by testing the waters after Tottenham sealed a fourth-place finish.
Klopp’s men are expected to lose Sadio Mane this summer, with Bayern Munich reportedly in talks with the Premier League club over a deal for the Senegal international (ESPN).
Downing has urged his former club to replace Mane with Son or Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele rather than with West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen.
The former England international told Livescore.com: “They (Liverpool) should try and get Son from Tottenham. I think he would be amazing for Liverpool. It’s not going to be easy to get him and he would probably cost a lot of money.
“While I think Liverpool have already got good players who can step up, it might take some time [to replace Mane]. I’ve seen Bowen linked. I think he’s a bit different to Mane, he does a bit more work off the ball.
“Dembele was also linked. I think he would be the one because you want pace as that’s how Liverpool play. Maybe Klopp will take a chance on one of those players.
“But you’ve got to fit his style — it’s not only about who’s doing well for their clubs. For me, it would probably be Dembele or Son. But Son will be difficult to take from Spurs.”
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Given that Son is contracted to Spurs until 2025, there is no way that the club were ever going to let the South Korean leave, even if they had failed to finish fourth.
The 29-year-old is also not the sort of character to agitate for a move, which is probably why the biggest clubs in Europe have not made an effort to poach him from Tottenham.
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