Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool made a massive mistake not signing Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, and claimed there is no chance Brendan Rodgers' side would be languishing down in eighth place in the Premier League table if they'd secured the African striker's signature last summer.
Writing in his weekly column for The Sun, the Queens Park Rangers defender spoke positively about Manchester City's January transfer window acquisition, praising the former Swans marksman's attributes as something that every team in the English top-flight needs.
Ferdinand also recalled how he and former Red Devils centre-back partner Nemanja Vidic noted the strong physical presence that Bony had when leading the line for the side from South Wales, intimating that rival defenders across the league will not like playing against the 26-year-old.
"I reckon Liverpool missed a trick not buying Wilfried Bony," he explained. "Signing the Ivory Coast hitman is a fantastic move by Manchester City as it will give them a different option up front.
"But I can't help thinking Bony would have been just the man for Anfield."
Given Ferdinand's connections to Old Trafford and the underlying rivalry with Liverpool that has formed over the years, there appears to be a sense of satisfaction in the veteran stopper's assessment of the club's transfer window failure after the Reds seemingly priced themselves out of a deal thanks to Rodgers' reluctance to move for Bony before the 2014/15 campaign started.
And, by the time City joined the race for his services the Swansea talisman's valuation had shot up even further - also by virtue of the fact that he signed a new contract at the Liberty Stadium in November - meaning Liverpool were unable to rival the reigning Premier League champions.
"There is no way Liverpool would be stuck down in eighth with Bony in their team," Rio Ferdinand
"He was reputedly available for £20 million from Swansea in the summer but Liverpool spent £16 million on Mario Balotelli instead," he added. "And when his price went up to £28 million it seems Brendan Rodgers was not able to compete.
"There is no way Liverpool would be stuck down in eighth with Bony in their team."
The string of injuries suffered by Daniel Sturridge this season has starved the Merseyside outfit of a regular goalscorer when they needed one most, following the high-profile departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Rickie Lambert was also recruited from Southampton for a pretty modest fee, but his contribution was only ever expected to be minimal with the England international specifically brought in for a bit-part role from the substitutes bench.