Former Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United and England no. 1 Paul Robinson has warned Liverpool not to look at signing Chelsea and French midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Arguably one of the best holding midfielders of all-time, N’Golo Kante has been beset with injuries in the last couple of seasons while at the Stamford Bridge side.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson believes signing the 31 year old would be a “huge risk”. This is after earlier reports emanating from Spain linked Liverpool to signing the player at the end of the season when he’d be available for free, with Sport claiming that there’s an increasing likelihood of that happening as the contract negotiations have proven more complicated than expected.
Robinson said, “There would be a huge risk to signing Kante. They already have one injury-prone midfielder in Naby Keita. You cannot take on a player like Kante given his injury record. Yes, he is a free agent but he will demand a lot in wages.
“I suspect there is a lot of agent talk in this one. The player is coming to the end of his contract and is not playing week in, week out so his agent will be putting the feelers out.
“There is a whole lot of change going on at Chelsea. A lot of players have come in. Kante probably is going to leave at the end of the season but I question as to whether Liverpool should go for him.
“He is coming towards the end of his career and has injury problems. Liverpool do not need to be signing that kind of player. It would be no more than a stop-gap.”
Everyone knows that Liverpool are desperate for midfield reinforcements in the summer and previously any club in the world would have taken N’Golo Kante.
But Robinson does make some pertinent points in his comments. So it remains to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy would consider Kante on a free a risk or not.