Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has hit out at his former club for failing to make a move to sign Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian is reportedly on the verge of signing for Chelsea after failing to make an impression while on loan with Manchester United last season.
Liverpool have their own forward problems and with Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini seemingly on their way out of Anfield, boss Brendan Rodgers will be in the market for a new striker despite the arrival of Divock Origi from Lille.
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Lawrenson, who helped Liverpool win five league titles and the European Cup in 1984, believes that his former club have missed a trick by letting Chelsea get an advantage in the race to sign the former Atletico Madrid forward.
“Liverpool are gonna struggle to get into the top four again and the top four now are only going to get stronger. I’d have gone for Falcao — £7m on a loan? I would have taken him,” he told The Sun.
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“Jose Mourinho is pulling off a masterstroke. He played with Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid so I think it’s a bonus, I really do.”
Falcao managed just four Premier League goals while on loan with Manchester United last season, prompting the Red Devils the turn down the option to sign him on a permanent basis. Despite his troubles in front of goal, former Liverpool midfielder Javier Macherano believes it's only a matter of time before he starts finding the back of the net.
"I have not only played against Radamel Falcao, but also in the same team as him with River Plate. I know him very well," the Barcelona midfielder told reporters after helping Argentina beat Falcao's Colombia in the quarter-finals of the Copa America.
"Obviously, he is a player with a a very important role. He is still missing some continuity after a very serious injury. He tried his best to be able to play the World Cup, but he could not.
"After this, the most important thing is to play a lot of minutes and, for different circumstances, he could not do that at his club even though Falcao has demonstrated that he is one of the best you can find at a worldwide level. It is a matter of time. I have no doubt that at some point, the best Falcao will show. I hope that this won't happen [on Friday].”
Is Mark Lawrenson talking absolute nonsense or have Liverpool been stupid to let Falcao slip through their fingers?
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