Pundit and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that Liverpool should be interested in signing goalkeeper Joe Hart, but doesn’t think a move will happen due to his wages.
The Reds lost 4-3 to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon in dramatic fashion, as having been 2-0 and then 3-1 up at the Vitality Stadium, Liverpool threw the game away as Nathan Ake completed a stunning fightback with an injury-time winner.
One of the major criticisms of Liverpool this season has been their defence, as they’ve now conceded 18 goals, the most of any team in the top eight of the Premier League.
Some believe that Liverpool’s defensive frailties will prevent them from winning the Premier League table, and much of the blame for Sunday’s defeat has fallen on goalkeeper Loris Karius.
The German stopper was signed from Mainz over the summer, but has struggled at Anfield so far, as he’s looked shaky on crosses and less than convincing when faced with shots – as he showed on Sunday as he spilled a long-range shot, allowing Ake to convert from close range.
Liverpool fans have been left wondering whether a new goalkeeper should be brought in to replace 23-year-old Karius, with one name being mentioned more than most; Joe Hart.
The England international is currently on a season-long loan at Italian side Torino having been frozen out at Manchester city by Pep Guardiola, and the expectation is that Hart will leave the Etihad Stadium permanently next summer.
Now, former Liverpool defender and current pundit Jamie Carragher has been asked about the situation, and told Sky Sports that he would look to sign two-time Premier League title winner Hart if the move was purely based on his quality as a goalkeeper.
However, Carragher predicted that the move won’t happen as Hart’s wages would be too high for Liverpool to justify spending on a goalkeeper, even though he’s just a notch behind Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United’s David de Gea.
“I’d certainly ask the question,” said Carragher. “And that’s not just because of what we’ve said about Karius in the last couple of weeks, but you’re talking about a title winner – he’s won it a couple of times. I don’t think Joe Hart is in the class of a Courtois or a De Gea, but he’s in the next level, really close to them.”
“I think the problem you’ve got for someone like Liverpool, is when you try and take a player from a Man City or a Chelsea, the wages are so high that a goalkeeper could come in and be your highest-paid player. I think things like that can cause a problem, and I think the manager, the club and the people behind the scenes always think how it would affect the rest of the club. Quality-wise, why not? Of course you’d look at that situation, but I don’t see it happening for Liverpool, because of the problems about the wages coming into the club on a goalkeeper,” he added.