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Kewell: Liverpool should’ve signed Antoine Griezmann

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Harry Kewell has surprisingly claimed that Liverpool should have made a move for Antoine Griezmann before he ended up at Barcelona.

Content with Divock Origi playing back-up striker, Jurgen Klopp chose not to pursue the likes of Griezmann after the Belgian scored in the Champions League final against Tottenham. It helped Liverpool win a first European title since Kewell’s own days in 2005.

The 24-year-old has since made 11 appearances in all competitions this season, with just four of them as a starter.

This is due to Klopp’s preference for having Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane play together in an attacking trio. Of course, they’ve regularly delivered the goals to keep Origi on the bench.

Despite Liverpool boasting one of Europe’s most formidable attacking options, however, Kewell isn’t convinced it’s enough.

The Australian, who made 139 appearances during an injury-plagued five years at Anfield, reckons Griezmann would’ve been a perfect choice for Klopp in the summer transfer window.

“I think they need another striker,” Kewell told Sky Sports.

“I know it sounds crazy because the front three are amazing but I think they need another to test the current front three.

“I have nothing against Origi, I think he’s a fantastic player and he does his part. He has scored some important goals and he’s been a fantastic squad player because the front three are a solid front three.

“I would love to see someone challenge that front three to really keep them on their game.

“Mane is on fire, at the moment, Salah has been, but he isn’t at the moment. Firmino, even though I think he does a lot of the dog work for Mane and Salah, he still doesn’t score [enough].

“Are there players out there? Of course there is. I would have loved to have seen Griezmann there. I think he would have been fantastic. He’s that type of player.

“But would you have been able to prise him away without guaranteeing him a place?”

Of course, Griezmann ended up swapping Atletico Madrid for a €120m transfer to La Liga rivals Barcelona instead.

Liverpool, meanwhile, defeated Genk 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The victory keeps them a point behind Group E leaders Napoli on six points from three matches this season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got a brace on the night, with Mane and Salah also on target.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Divock Origi of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)