Liverpool have signed the wrong English striker this summer, according to former Three Lion Rodney Marsh, who believes that the Reds should have picked Charlie Austin.
The Merseysiders have all but sealed a move for Danny Ings, who will join the club once an compensation fee has been settled with the Clarets.
Austin has also been a mooted target for the Merseyside club following his impressive debut campaign in the Premier League, which yielded 18 goals.
Ings’ Burnley joined QPR in relegation to the Championship despite his 11 goals
With the Turf Moor ace just 22 and Austin soon to be 26 the difference in terms of longevity may have been a deciding factor for the Anfield side, but Marsh, who played for the Super Hoops, feels that the North West outfit have made the wrong call:
“When Danny Ings signed for Liverpool, I thought Charlie Austin would be a better signing,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s been mentioned with Bournemouth and West Ham, but they’re not big enough clubs.
“Austin has averaged 20 goals a season over the last couple of years and I thought a big club would come in for him.
“They haven’t and I don’t understand why. People have said to me he wants to stay in the south and, if that’s the case, his options are limited.”
Marsh went on to suggest that Liverpool’s bitter local rivals Everton could be the ideal destination for Austin:
“I thought Everton would go after him. I see them as just around the top six. I thought they would be chomping at the bit to get him.”