Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has told Brendan Rodgers to forget trying to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott – because he’s overrated.
Parker claims that the hype surrounding the 26-year-old only exits as a result of his nationality, and he isn’t the solution to the problems the Reds are currently facing in their squad.
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He said, “It might be the right time for him to leave but he is only being linked with big clubs, like Liverpool, and it doesn’t quite add up,” as quoted by the Daily Star.
“Are they really looking for a player of his ability and quality?” he added.
“His value is high because he is English, not because he is a great player.”
Walcott’s current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in the summer of 2016, and it remains uncertain if the England international will put pen to paper on a new deal, and Liverpool have reportedly been keeping an eye on his situation.
The winger picked up a serious knee ligament injury in the victory over Tottenham Hotspur last January, and further frustration with a groin injury saw him sidelined for 11 months. He made his first start for a year in January in the FA Cup third round tie versus Hull City, but has since struggled to get a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting line up with new signings Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck ahead of him in the pecking order.