Former Leeds United striker Brian Deane has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview that he cannot see Patrick Bamford breaking into Liverpool’s team.
This comes after The Athletic (via TEAMtalk) reported that the Reds have an interest in the 27-year-old forward.
Such a development hardly comes as a surprise after the season Bamford has had. He has won many plaudits for his goalscoring exploits this term, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp himself coming out to praise the Englishman.
Despite the exceptional campaign Bamford has had, though, Deane believes Liverpool could be a level too high.
Speaking exclusively to FFC about the Merseyside club’s reported interest in £35,000-a-week man Bamford, the ex-Leeds player said:
“I’m not really sure. I think he fits in well because he’s grown with Leeds United. Liverpool have got the likes of [Diogo] Jota, [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane – that’s another level for me.
“I think, probably, Patrick sits below that group, those well–established international players. I think he’s done well, think he’s a good player and I don’t want to be unfair to him because I think he’s done well, but I don’t see how he comes in and dislodges those types of players.”
“I think that he’ll be staying at Leeds.”
Indeed, there is no guarantee of Bamford breaking into that Liverpool team. Considering that, and already performing in a Leeds side that have shown that they can excel in the Premier League, an Elland Road stay probably looks like the wisest option.