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Mark Lawrenson has made a career out of being a much-maligned pundit since retiring from football, where his comments, their tone, and his embarrassing dad-like approach on Match of the Day often find themselves facing ridicule.
Today will be no different.
The former Liverpool player has spoken out on what he thinks his old side should do in the transfer market, with Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale the topic of conversation.
‘Lawro’ believes that the Reds should sign the Wales international, but his reasons leave a lot to be desired.
Lawrenson said: “I think Klopp could get the best out of him. He’s such a good player and such a talent. He just needs to be loved and Klopp would be the perfect fit to do that.
“People say he’s got injury problems and all that but Klopp would get him mega fit.”
How does Lawrenson think injuries work?
There’s a reason why Bale has missed 96 games through injury alone since the 2009/10 season, as a result of 25 separate problems.
If the £85m man himself can’t solve his own issues, nor can the most prestigious club in world football help the 6 foot 1 man become less injury prone, how does ‘Lawro’ think that Jurgen Klopp can just get him “mega fit”?
Does the German have a magic wand that we don’t know about?
Additionally, he doesn’t “just need to be loved” as Lawrenson states. A big bear-hug from Klopp won’t eradicate the fact that the 30-year-old earns an eye-watering £60ok-a-week at Madrid, and Liverpool’s current highest earner is Mohamed Salah on £200k-a-week – staggeringly, a third of Bale’s salary.
There is simply no logic behind Lawrenson’s words. This would be one of the most difficult transfers to complete this summer, and it feels as if the 62-year-old pundit has merely plucked the reasoning for his comments from thin air.