Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has come out to criticize Liverpool for not beating Manchester City to the signing of Josko Gvardiol. He recently revealed that LFC’s defence is not good enough, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, the players currently playing defence for a club of Liverpool’s stature is not good enough, and the owners should have broken the bank for Gvardiol.
Ian added that the defenders the Reds have paid for in recent years are just not the legs needed to tighten the back for them.
His words, “If you are going to play with that inverted full-back [Trent Alexander-Arnold], then I am not sure Joe Gomez or Joel Matip is the guy. When you look at Liverpool down the years, they have brought in proper defenders. They paid for Virgil van Dijk and [Ibrahima] Konate. Andy Robertson. [Kostas] Tsimikas as well. Four players they have paid for, it’s not good enough for a club of that stature and what they are trying to do.”
Joško Gvardiol is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Manchester City and the Croatia national team. Although primarily a centre-back, he has often played as a left-back. Gvardiol is known for his physicality, positioning and has been touted as a top prospect by his peers.
Gvardiol earned his first call-up to Croatia national under-21 team in October 2019, at the age of 17, when coach Igor Bišćan listed him in the squad for Under-21 Euro 2021 qualifiers against Lithuania and the Czech Republic.
Gvardiol debuted on 14 November against the former opponent, being named in the starting lineup, as Croatia won 3–1. On 8 October 2020, he scored the tenth goal in Croatia’s 10–0 victory over San Marino, the largest victory in the history of the national team.
On 9 March 2021, he was named in Bišćan’s 23-man squad for the group stage of the tournament; however, he was forced to miss it due to a quadriceps injury. On 17 May, he was named in Bišćan’s 23-man squad for the knockout stage of the tournament, as well as Zlatko Dalić’s 26-man squad for the UEFA Euro 2020.
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