Steve McManaman thinks Yuri Tillmans and Douglas Luiz are ‘good’ players, but they are not up to par to play for Liverpool.
The Reds have been linked with both players in the summer transfer window With many fans and pundits believing that Jurgen Klopp had to wade into the transfer market to sign a new midfielder.
After insisting his side were doing well, the German held steady until deadline day when he brought in Arthur Milo from Juventus on a season-long loan.
Leicester City playmaker Tillmans and Aston Villa defensive midfielder Luiz were also closely linked with Arsenal in the summer.
Arsenal tried to sign the latter on deadline day after injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, but were unsuccessful after Villa rejected three late bids.
Steven Gerrard’s side have been reluctant to let the Brazilian leave even though his contract has less than a year left.
Tielemans’ contract also expired next summer and he has been largely waiting for Arsenal to attack the bullet and make an offer, with his asking price in the region believed to be £25m.
North Londoners may wait until 2023 to sign Tillman, if not both players, for nothing when they become free agents.
While the Belgian is unlikely to renew Foxes’ deal, Villa still hope to agree terms with Luiz.
Despite the fact that they could be both available for free, former Liverpool midfielder McManaman is not convinced they would be good deals for Klopp’s side.
“Douglas Luiz and Yuri Tillman are both good players in the Premier League. But I don’t think they are good enough for Liverpool,” McManaman told Horseracing.net.
“I’m not convinced it would be a smart part of the job for Liverpool to move to Douglas Luiz. Regardless of whether his contract expires or not.
“I think he’s a good player. But I think he needs to be faster in a lot of the things he does. That fits with the style of football that Liverpool plays.
“You want to sign players who can make eleven starts for Liverpool and not just players who want to come and sit in a team.
“Youri Tielemans’ contract also expires at the same time. But if you are going to play with the best teams in Europe, it is difficult to find the right players who will improve your team.
“I don’t want to underestimate either of these players because they are both good players in the Premier League.
“Are they good enough to be in the starting line-up for one of the best teams in the world? I just don’t think so at the moment.”
Tillman started the season poorly as Leicester finished last in the Premier League with one point from their first seven matches.
His team’s 22 goals this season is the most in the Premier League after seven games, with goalkeeper Danny Ward receiving plenty of criticism.
Despite failing to get a jump on the summer window, Tillmans insists he doesn’t regret staying at King Power Stadium.
He told reporters this week: “I didn’t leave Leicester in the summer because I always said the project had to be the right one.
“Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I have to regret (staying).”