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dream buy If Liverpool’s owners want to say sorry for Super League fiasco, signing Harry Kane is the perfect way to do it

Spurs superstar would be the dream signing for Anfield faithful

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Harry Kane says his goodbyes at White Hart Lane following Tottenham's final home game of the season

Harry Kane says his goodbyes at White Hart Lane following Tottenham's final home game of the season

Harry Kane says his goodbyes at White Hart Lane following Tottenham's final home game of the season

HARRY Kane would be the dream signing for Liverpool – but I suspect a familiar story will play out in what will be the biggest transfer deal of the summer.

If Liverpool’s owners want to give the fans a gift by way of an apology for their decision to be part of the European Super League fiasco, signing a player like Kane would be an incredible way of doing it.

Of course, they need to be in the Champions League next season to have any chance of getting a player of Kane’s calibre – and they can sort that out today by beating Crystal Palace in their final Premier League game and sealing a top-four finish.

Then the discussion will turn to what happens next, and after suggesting time and again on these pages that Liverpool need a proper centre-forward in their line-up, I can only imagine the number of goals Kane would score if he worked under Jurgen Klopp.

In a Liverpool side that creates and misses so many chances, Kane would be pushing 30 goals a season if he came to Anfield, yet no one believes this transfer is going to happen.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrates scoring his side's winner against West Brom

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrates scoring his side's winner against West Brom

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrates scoring his side's winner against West Brom

Let’s not try to disguise a pretty ugly reality that football is entering a new era, with next weekend’s Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea confirming as much.

Without an obscenely rich sugar-daddy owner, it’s very hard to compete for the biggest names in the game. That’s why these newcomers to the football big time – the plastic clubs as I call them – are finally about to batter the established giants into submission.

City’s owners are only in football to promote their Abu Dhabi home as a tourist destination, and they don’t care how much money they spend to achieve that aim.

Meanwhile, Roman Abramovich has been splashing the cash at Chelsea for the best part of two decades, and it looks like he is finally winning his battle to see off long-established rivals who have a proud history his club will never be able to buy.

With the giants of European football battling to deal with losses coming out of the pandemic, clubs with money coming from alternative sources are holding all the aces.

So let’s imagine a scenario that sees Liverpool sell Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi this summer, and then their American owners decide to have a go at signing Kane from Tottenham.

They might be able to offer the transfer fee that would convince Spurs to sell and could offer Kane a huge wage package, but you can be sure that City and Chelsea would offer him more.

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While Kane doesn’t seem to be a guy driven by money, this will be the biggest opportunity he has in his career to cash in on his status as one of the game’s most prolific strikers.

He has every right to join the club that gives him the maximum chance of winning trophies, which is why I expect him to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Manchester United might also be in the mix to sign Kane, but there is no guarantee he will win trophies under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, and I don’t see him joining Chelsea as he would ruin his relationship with Spurs fans if he joined their local rivals.

So City looks like his best option and, if they get him, I fear they will become an untouchable force in English and, possibly, European football.

Kane is a player who has evolved from being more than just a centre-forward. His ability to drop deep and create chances would make him a perfect fit for Guardiola’s side.

He would also be a huge upgrade on Roberto Firmino if Liverpool were to get the England captain, but all the talk about potential transfers and what happens in the summer have to be put on hold for today.

This will be an afternoon for Liverpool to focus on one game, seize the opportunity they have created for themselves and reach out for a prize that I felt was out of reach only a couple of weeks ago.

Leicester’s slip-ups have been crucial to helping Liverpool to get back into the top-four mix and, in truth, while they have been a long way short of their best, Klopp’s side have found a way to win matches that puts them top of the form table over the last 10 games.

Liverpool may have beaten Burnley 3-0 last Wednesday, but they only had three shots on target all night, and the front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino were off the boil once again.

Those three have done great things for Klopp in recent years, but their alarming dip in form has been the primary reason why the 2019-20 champions have faltered this season. For me, they just don’t hit the target enough.

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 Liverpool's Mo Salah failed to find the back of net against Burnley

Liverpool's Mo Salah failed to find the back of net against Burnley

Liverpool's Mo Salah failed to find the back of net against Burnley

Burnley had a rookie keeper in goal, but Salah, Mane and Firmino didn’t work him when their openings came. That, sadly, has been the story time and again this season.

While I expect Liverpool to beat Palace and sneak into the Champions League, that lack of a finishing touch in front of goal means nothing is certain with this team any more.

The return of 10,000 fans to Anfield today should inspire Liverpool to raise their game, and I hope that means we see some proper finishing from the front three.

Then, once Champions League qualification is secured, Klopp needs to have a long, hard think about how he gets his team firing again next season.

If it means breaking up the front three that brought him so much success, then he has to do it.

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