Peterborough United chief Darragh MacAnthony says Liverpool should take a punt on future England international Ivan Toney

Peterborough United chief Darragh MacAnthony believes Premier League giants Liverpool should take a punt on former Posh striker Ivan Toney.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 9:26 am
Ivan Toney celebrates promotion to the Premier League with Brentford. Photo: Catherine Ivill Getty Images.
Ivan Toney celebrates promotion to the Premier League with Brentford. Photo: Catherine Ivill Getty Images.

MacAnthony, a lifelong Liverpool fan, believes Toney, who has just won promotion from the Championship with Brentford, would score 20 goals in a Premier League season with a top-end club.

Posh have already sealed a further £1 million from Toney’s transfer to the Bees because of their promotion. They stand to make millions more from a healthy sell-on clause if he leaves Brentford.

“I’m a Liverpool fan and I know my players,” MacAnthony said. “And I’d be delighted if we signed Ivan. Give me him over (Divock) Otigi any day of the week.

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“Liverpool cross the ball with quality for fun and imagine Ivan getting on the end of those crosses from those full-backs!

“Obviously we’ve done well financially from Ivan’s transfer and we could do better down the line, but I don’t mind him staying at Brentford either as we get paid if they stay in the Premier League.

“Ivan is only 24/25 and not yet at the peak of his powers. I can see him scoring 15 goals for Brentford and I can see him playing for England next season.

“There’s no way Brentford will be relegated either. They have an outside chance of a top 12 finish in my opinion. They have a good coach and they are a club who spend well who now have around £200 million to play with.”

MacAnthony was speaking on his popular ‘Hard Truth’ podcast.