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McManaman warns Liverpool against buying ‘wonderful’ €50m starlet



Steve McManaman has warned Liverpool against buying FC Barcelona starlet Gavi during the summer transfer window.

The 17-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in recent months.

He made his senior debut for Barcelona last August as the Spanish giants beat Getafe 2-1 in La Liga.

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Gavi has been a regular for his boyhood club this season. He has played 41 times across all competitions.

This includes 21 starts in La Liga. He has grabbed two goals and six assists in the league this campaign.

The midfielder would likely cost clubs €50m as that fee would activate his release clause.

Despite his positive showings, McManaman believes Liverpool should hold off signing the youngster:

“Liverpool don’t need Gavi at this moment in time,” McManaman said (quotes via Liverpool Echo).

“Maybe they could have an eye on him for the future, but I just think at this moment it won’t happen.

“He needs to stay at Barcelona and play football. He needs to fill out and get more experience and become a proper La Liga or Premier League player and he needs to play more games.

“At this moment in time, for that kind of money, when Liverpool have got about seven midfielders anyway, I just can’t see it happening. You need to see him play a lot more games.

“If you were picking between Jude Bellingham or Gavi you’d pick Jude because of the size of him, the experience he has and the fact that he’s played 100 more games.

“Gavi is a wonderful talent but I just think he’s far too young at the moment for Liverpool to be even looking at signing him for a fee like that.”

Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard thinks  Jurgen Klopp is “one in a million”:

“He’s so comfortable in himself, so much belief and charisma in himself, what he’s done before, the character, the man I don’t think he’s seen it as a threat. I think previous managers might have.

“But I always got a feeling he was open arms, excited to have me in. I felt uncomfortable going back to Melwood. I’d been to America and when you’ve been away for a certain amount of time you feel like you don’t belong there, although you do.

“Every time I’ve seen Jurgen Klopp whether it be anywhere, I see him walking his dog, and it’s open arms and it’s real. Liverpool fans should enjoy Jurgen Klopp, I think he’s one in a million, he’s that good.”

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