John Barnes has urged Liverpool to stay away from the race for Harry Kane this summer after the Spurs striker picked up another Golden Boot last season.
Liverpool are not one of the clubs who have been mentioned as a potential destination for Kane this summer, with the striker said to be generating interest from the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
There has been plenty of speculation over the England captain’s future and the events of the recent days may well have a big impact on it, with Manchester City potentially deciding to spend big this summer on the back of their Champions League final loss.
Another factor that will surely impact the 27-year-old’s likelihood of staying in North London is Spurs’ pursuit of a new manager.
The job will be much less attractive to any coach if Kane is not part of the squad and there have been rumours already that Mauricio Pochettino is seeking assurances that the striker will stay before he considers returning to the club.
However, Barnes is happy for his former club to let the other big boys battle it out for Kane’s signature, insisting that Jurgen Klopp’s men do not need a number nine.
He told Goal: “Liverpool don’t need to buy a striker this summer. They have players who will score plenty of goals already.
“Everyone wants Harry Kane, if he is available and teams need a player like him, but this isn’t someone that Liverpool need so he won’t necessarily be on their radar.
“Liverpool have got Diogo Jota, who can play up front, as well as Sadio Mane. They will only need to sign a new striker if they lose the current striking options they already have.
“Don’t forget Divock Origi is still there too, so they have plenty of striker solutions able to play at the club.”
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Liverpool, like Spurs in some regard, are a self-sustaining club and their owners are not likely to pump in the kind of money it would take to sign Kane. So, a move to Anfield is out of the question for the England captain.
Despite all the speculation over his future, I am convinced that Kane will stay for one more season. I do not see Levy selling the 27-year-old for any fee if it is true that he is trying to bring in the likes of Pochettino and Conte.
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