Ex-Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has backed his former club to sign Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount ahead of Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister.
Reports have suggested that both players are likely to cost £70m this summer, despite the fact that Mount has only a year left on his contract, but Johnson still feels the England international would be a better fit for the Reds:
“Even though it sounds silly to say, nowadays, £70 million for a good player isn’t that expensive, is it? Alexis is certainly a good player but if you have to spend £70 million, then I’d rather that money was spent on Mason Mount.”
“Mason would have suited the team better, he would have got into the starting eleven and I don’t believe that Alexis can instantly command a starting berth in Liverpool’s team. He would certainly be a good squad player, but I’d have preferred if they signed Mason Mount.”
Whether many supporters will agree with Johnson’s assessment, it is debatable. Mount is certainly in high demand, with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle keen on securing his signature, but you do have to question the cost of the deal.
In terms of Mac Allister, Johnson’s assertion that the World Cup winner would only be a “squad player” in Jurgen Klopp’s side is questionable, to say the least. The Argentinian international is also attracting interest from numerous other teams, including Manchester City, but Liverpool are believed to be favourites for his signature currently. We shall see if either Mount or Mac Allister ends up making the switch to Anfield when the transfer window opens.