Eminent pundit and one-time Liverpool defensive maestro has claimed that the Anfield side must sign Swansea centre-forward Wilfried Bony as soon as possible.
However, doing so for the ‘£20m-£25m’ the Champions League-winner suggests the Ivorian is worth would represent a big step towards consigning the fluid tactical setup that was the hallmark of their exciting 2013/14 to history’s dustbin.
It’s easy to see why signing Bony appeals to Carragher – not one player can better his haul of 20 Premier League goals in 2014.
Yet while the former Vitesse Arnhem goal-getter (6/1 to join Liverpool before June 2015) is in far better nick than Ricky Lambert or Mario Balotelli he is largely the same kind of player.
An ever-present danger in the penalty area thanks to his imposing strength and reliable finishing, the 26-year-old’s contribution in the build up of attacks is nonetheless largely the repertoire of the traditional target man.
His immense physical gifts do not extend to the kind of searing pace that characterised Liverpool’s front three under Brendan Rodgers in 2013/14.
This would make it hard for him to engage in the kind of opposition-bamboozling positional interchange that Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge revelled in during that campaign.
Following Carragher’s advice by bringing in Bony would apply further pressure on the side to shun the methods that brought them so much success last term in order to play to his strengths.
Signing Lambert was an understandable bid to have a plan B in place akin to the requirements that saw Barcelona linked with Giorgios Samaras last term.
It was arguably in acquiring Balotelli that the balance of aptitudes within Liverpool’s attacking ranks began to tip its default setting back towards the traditional target man approach.
Bringing the Swansea sharpshooter would only confirm that tactical regression, not to mention prevent Sturridge playing in his natural position.