Liverpool Now Told They Should Have Signed £40m PL Striker In Summer

Darren MacAnthony, chairman of Peterborough United, believes so. On his podcast The Hard Truth, MacAnthony predicted that Toney would score more goals for than Nunez.

“Permit me to ask you the following question. Darwin Nunez, 23, and Ivan Toney, 26. “Who is the superior number nine?” enquired the chairman, a Liverpool fan.

“Nunez could have a great career, he could do well for Liverpool, Liverpool likes to be direct – let’s not kid ourselves, Liverpool is a direct football team, all of our goals come from full-backs and crosses.”

“We are a little direct and it suits us, there’s nothing wrong with that. You’re telling me an Ivan Toney in Liverpool’s team wouldn’t score 25 goals with those full-backs delivering. Come off it!”

Toney undoubtedly has something special about him. He scored 12 goals in his first Premier League season last season and has five goals in six games this season.

This included a hat-trick against Leeds United the previous weekend.

All of this has inevitably led to speculation that he could leave Brentford for a higher-level team. But he wouldn’t come cheap. This summer, The Independent reported that the Bees would demand ‘at least £40 million’ for their top scorer.

Toney would not appear to be the most natural fit at Liverpool at that price, despite MacAnthony’s claims. The 26-year-old is a hugely physical striker, which you don’t usually associate with Liverpool forwards.

Then again, he does have a great touch, good link-up play and knows where the back of the net is.

Toney is also a Liverpool fan. In 2021 he told the On The Judy podcast that if Liverpool came in for him, he’d definitely be interested.

But for our money, £40m looks like a big fee for a player who wouldn’t be first-choice at Anfield. Brentford’s asking price may also be on the rise after a very good start to the season.

Toney may well be a decent fit under Jurgen Klopp. But unless the former Peterborough striker’s asking price drops unexpectedly, we wouldn’t put money on him joining The Reds anytime soon.

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