News From Liverpool: “Absolutely” – Reds legend backs Mason Mount to Liverpool transfer

Last week, the Guardians Jacob Steinberg said there was a growing prospect of Liverpool making a bid for Mount this summer, with his current Chelsea contract due to expire at the end of next season.

Merseyside journalist David Lynch has also reported that Mount is a player Liverpool have admired for some time, and John Barnes says the England midfielder is someone hed be happy to see make the move to Anfield.

Any possible move for Mount would come in the summer, with the Reds also linked with his England team-mates Jude Bellingham.

Absolutely, Barnes told the Echo when asked if Mount would be a good option for Liverpool.

He can play any of the front three positions or the midfield positions. Hes got a great attitude, hes young, hes English, he understands, he works really hard.

But alongside Bellingham, [Declan] Rice players like that most of the players that we would want to come in to improve us now wont be available in January.

With Liverpool struggling to gain any kind of consistency this season, many supporters are clamouring for midfield signings before the winter transfer window closes later this month.

Barnes, though, sympathises with Liverpools reluctance to do any major business in January.

Ive said it all along for years and years and Im never going to change my mind, he continued.

January is not a time to be signing unless youre desperate. And even when youre desperate youre still not going to get the player that you want. If youre a top player playing at a top European club your club isnt going to sell you in January.

Yes you can spend a lot of money in January and not improve. Its when you have desperate clubs who need to make signings. I think thats what Chelsea needed to do and thats why theyve spent all of that money. I think if you look at the players we have and the young players we have yes we want certain players in and need to get those players but they arent necessarily going to be available in January.

We have to also have respect for the team that we have. Weve got a horrendous injury list and you also have to remember if we then sign someone in January, when those players become fit, if you look at the team then youre going to have a lot of players to keep happy.

I know Jurgen doesnt like a big squad of superstar players, which he never has and hes been successful without it and I dont think hes going to change now. If theres one or two players we can pick up in January who we want in, fine. But if not, Im quite happy with what we have.