Fowler: Liverpool should sign Kane to replace goal-shy forward

Will Ford
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Robbie Fowler says Liverpool should consider signing Harry Kane this summer to play in their forward line instead of Roberto Firmino.

Kane’s brace on Friday made him the Premier League’s greatest goalscorer to never win the title and there are rumours aplenty over whether he will stay at Spurs beyond this season in the search for silverware.

Manchester United have been linked extensively, but Fowler claims he would fit in very well under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

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He wrote in his Mirror column: ‘Kane is now doing the job at Spurs that Roberto Firmino has done for Liverpool so well over the past years. And you could argue that, with his goals, Harry does that job even better.

‘I believe that any club who has real ambitions of winning the Premier League, would have to look at Kane if he comes onto the market…because to win it, you have to get past City.

‘Imagine Liverpool with a Firmino type player, but one who adds goals. They’ve struggled a bit up front at times this season, and maybe they do need to add an out and out centre forward who scores goals.

‘No doubt, it would close the gap to City which has opened up this season. I’m not one of these who believe Liverpool need major surgery. As Klopp said, they probably require only minor adjustments. That would be a positive adjustment.

‘I’d accept though, that they may want to go down a different road. Kane is 28 this summer. The perfect age to win trophies with the experience he has, but he’s not going to lower the age profile of a squad.

‘You look at Liverpool and time has sneaked up on them a bit. They now have a lot of experienced players in their late 20s or in their 30s, which is great for experience, but needs addressing in the next couple of years.

‘You look at the Wijnaldum situation, and there’s no doubt they are concerned about his age in contract negotiations. They already have Milner, Henderson, and Thiago in their 30s.

‘And throughout the squad, there are players now in their late 20s. Mane, Firmino himself, Salah, van Dijk, Matip, Shaqiri, all about to hit 30 in the next year or so.

‘So in truth, the money they would need to spend to buy Kane and pay his wages, perhaps they’d be thinking it would be better spent on younger players, to reduce the age profile, and plan further forward.

‘No doubt though, Kane would give them a dimension they have lacked…he’d do that to any club. And I think that I, perhaps more than any player, have the right to tell him now is the time to consider that move….before it’s too late.’