Kris Boyd has stated that Liverpool should have tried their luck and moved for Tottenham Hotspur winger Son Heung-Min this summer.
The Reds lost Sadio Mane’s services in this transfer window after he switched to Bayern Munich for an upfront fee of £27.4million, which could rise to £35million including add-ons (BBC Sport).
However, Jurgen Klopp did already have a ready-made replacement within his ranks after Liverpool signed Luis Diaz back in January.
While Diaz has fared well overall for the Merseysiders, he has not replicated the impact Mane made at Anfield just yet.
Son, on the other hand, is coming off the back of an impressive campaign, having won the Premier League Golden Boot alongside Mohamed Salah for scoring 23 goals in the 2021-22 season (Premier League official).
Son has started the current campaign in a rough patch of form, although one would expect him to overcome this plight and start finding his goalscoring touch soon.
What’s interesting is that Klopp’s team reportedly considered making a huge offer for the South Korean if Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League (Football.London).
Boyd thinks the FA Cup holders should have tried to see if Son was gettable, even if Diaz was already in their squad. The former Rangers attacker sees the Spurs ace as a like-for-like replacement for Mane due to the similarity in their style of play.
Boyd told Sky Sports News: “When you have set the standards so high, then the performances of Kulusevski and Kane as well. Son last season was unbelievable. You felt he took his game to that next level.
“If I was Liverpool, that would have been the person I would have gone and got, to replace Mane. The same ilk, in terms of work rate, he sets the tempo, he goes after teams and he has that quality as well.
“It might have been a slow start from him personally, but there is nothing to worry about there.”
🗣️ "You can't be critical of Son."
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Even if the north London team failed to get into the CL in this campaign, it would have been difficult to see Son leave, especially when Antonio Conte is trying to make a mark at N17.
Not to mention, it would also be better for Liverpool if those funds are allocated to their midfield, especially when they already have Diaz in hand. All in all, Son himself may have turned down an offer to join the Reds, having renewed his contract only last summer (GOAL).
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