Ian Wright has said that Liverpool should have tried to sign Manchester City defender Josko Gvardiol this summer.

Speaking to Premier League Productions (03/09/23 at 1:45 pm), the popular pundit made this claim when assessing the Reds’ leaky defence.

As a result, Ian Wright believes Liverpool should have made a move to bring Josko Gvardiol to Anfield.

Ian Wright says Liverpool should have signed Josko Gvardiol

Branded as ‘phenomenal’ by Mateo Kovacic, the £77 million (BBC Sport) man has taken to the Sky Blues like a duck to water.

Operating as the left-back in a back three in possession, one could argue that this is the area where Jurgen Klopp’s side need the most strengthening at the back, considering Andy Robertson, who is a traditional full-back has been asked to operate in that role.

Now, Ian Wright believes Liverpool should have gone out and added Manchester City’s Josko Gvardiol to their ranks.

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“If you are going to play with that inverted full-back, then I am not sure Joe Gomez or Joel Matip is the guy. When you look at Liverpool down the years since, they have brought a proper defender. Yes, they paid for Virgil van Dijk and [Ibrahima] Konate. Andy Robertson. [Kostas] Tsimikas as well. Four players they have paid for, it’s not good enough for a club of that stature and what they are trying to do”, he explained.

Ian Wright emphasised that Josko Gvardiol would have been the perfect defensive addition to this Liverpool side, saying, “I feel that Liverpool should have got a real top-end defender someone like Josko Gvardiol. He was out there. You should try to go in.”

Manchester City’s Josko Gvardiol coup could be the envy of several clubs and managers

Ian Wright in spot on and ultimately, it would not be a surprise if Liverpool are internally envious about the fact that Manchester City signed him.

The Croatian international is a pure defender blessed with modern ball-playing capabilities whilst being extremely tactically flexible.

At just 21 years of age and under Pep Guardiola’s guidance, the youngster will only get better and better.

As Gvardiol could lead City’s defence for the next decade, other clubs would be wondering why they did not take a chance on him.

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