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Ashley Williams, Swansea City. Central defender.
One of Brendan Rodgers' former charges at his old club, Swansea, has been continually linked with the club over the past 12 months, with centre-back Ashley Williams said to be wanted as the man to replace Jamie Carragher.
Williams has his qualities, no doubt. There is plenty to be admired about the way he has gone from playing League Two football five seasons ago to winning the Capital One Cup in the past few weeks, as captain of the team.
But he is not the man to replace Jamie Carragher, and he is not the man to provide the foundations of Liverpool's new defence.
For starters, there is a positional concern. There is not simply a "centre-back" role; within that there are two sides to play on, or the middle of a three. Williams generally plays on the left of the two central defenders, and has proven far better when on that side. For the Reds, Daniel Agger already occupies that role and is possibly the only current senior centre-back who will remain after the summer.
Williams will not be taking his place, and he will not be being signed as cover.
In addition, the Welsh international will be age 29 by the time the new season kicks into gear; at best Liverpool could hope for three years of Williams providing his best form for the club. He then needs replacing again, offering no return on the initial investment in terms of resale value.
The owners were not willing to sanction a £6 million move for Clint Dempsey on the same grounds; would Williams really be offering value for money in that case if he cost twice as much? Hardly.
On the pitch, Williams is a commanding defender who can bring the ball out of the back line, into midfield (where he has played as cover on occasion). He is reliable in reading the game and clearing the danger at an early stage before chances really take shape.
All great...except that's the defender type that Liverpool already have in Agger.
They're missing, and are seeking to replace, the partner in that system. The tough tackler, the strong header, the (vital attribute of) communicator and organiser, the one who can get stuck in when it matters, the defender to do the dirty work.
None of that, especially the talking aspect of the game, relates to Ashley Williams.
Verdict: Williams is a good Premier League defender, though with minimal experience at the top level considering his age. He is not the centre-back Liverpool need for next season and should not be signed.