A strange criticism of Liverpool’s pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan 6

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How close Liverpool actually got to signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan we’ll probably never know, but with the Armenian now a confirmed Borussia Dortmund player, Mark Irwin from The Sun has taken the opportunity to put his boot into Brendan Rodgers.

“HENRIKH MKHITARYAN might just have done Liverpool a huge favour by turning them down in favour of Borussia Dortmund.

For the Armenian international has finally delivered the reality check required by the red half of Merseyside for a long time.

Not having seen Shakhtar Donetsk on a regular basis, I have no idea if Mkhitaryan’s £25million transfer fee will turn out to be a good deal for Dortmund.

But Liverpool’s willingness to match that figure was not so much a sign of their ambition as confirmation of their increasing desperation.

A succession of recent Anfield managers has thrown good money after bad in a bid to reverse the fortunes of a once great club.”

I’d be critical of Irwin, but I honestly don’t know what point it is that he’s trying to make - isn’t pursuing players who will improve the standard of the first-team a good thing?

As far as the ‘good money after bad’ argument goes, I’m not really sure what Brendan Rodgers and FSG are supposed to do in this situation - not compete for players of Mkhitaryan’s ability because of their past spending habits?

Liverpool didn’t sign the player, but there attempt to do so is encouraging and represents a genuine attempt to compete for one of the most coveted players in Europe; any other opinion just seems rather contrary.

…and, by ‘not having seen Shakhtar Donetsk on a regular basis’, Mark Irwin actually means that he’s never seen Mkhitaryan play, so I’m not sure what his qualifier is for judging Liverpool’s interest in the player.

Bizarre.

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