The former Reds striker believes the Aston Villa forward could be a suitable addition to Liverpool’s attacking ranks.
has established himself as a key player forAston Villa
in their current campaign. The England international has featured in 34 league matches for
’s side, scoring 13 goals and providing 4 assists.Liverpool
have been linked with a summer move for the 25-year-old as they are keen to bolster their squad, following their disappointing 2020-21 campaign.
believes Watkins is a suitable option for Liverpool’s number nine position.
"What do the top teams want? A forward who performs a crucial pressing role.
"Manchester City, Liverpool, United, Chelsea. They all want a striker who performs the press with energy and intelligence, and does more than one job.
"Of course, they’d like one who scores too, but it’s not just about goalscoring any more. Far from it. Look at Roberto Firmino at Liverpool, look at City without a recognised number nine, and Chelsea sticking with Timo Werner.
"I’m not trying to sell Watkins - honestly Villa fans! - but he’s taken the step up every time so far, and I can see him doing it again. To the very top level, if he can keep the trajectory of his work rate, attitude and mentality.”
Watkins joined Aston Villa fromBrentford
last season. The Bees finished their 2019-20 campaign in the third place of the Championship table, but they ultimately failed to secure a place in the Premier League.
"Interestingly, Jurgen Klopp absolutely sang his praises a few weeks ago, and you can definitely see someone with his pressing ability - and the stats to go with it - doing well under that sort of manager.
"And believe me, clubs like City and Liverpool with their massive analytics departments will have run those stats many times already.
"Many people said the £28m Villa paid for Watkins was a gamble. Some said it was crazy. It looks neither now, and you wonder if it may just have been a shrewd investment.
"I think he’ll go to the Euros with England, and I think he’s ready to step up again."
The potential signing of Watkins would further complicate the situation in Liverpool’s final third.Mohamed Salah
has reportedly been linked with a move away from the club and his future will directly affect Liverpool’s decisions in the upcoming summer transfer window.