Former Premier League striker Charlie Austin has revealed that he thinks that Conor Gallagher could replace Jordan Henderson at Liverpool.
The midfielder has been impressive out on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, being central in their promising campaign under Patrick Vieira this season. The 22-year-old has eight goals and three assists to his name in 29 league appearances, whilst also being key in the Eagles’ progression into the semi-final of the FA Cup.
And QPR striker Austin believes that Gallagher has demonstrated that he is capable of playing week in, week out for a top-six side. Though he admits that Chelsea will be keen to keep hold of their academy product.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Austin said: “I think any football team would love to have Conor Gallagher. He’s so energetic, you look at him the way he plays, I think a lot of football fans see him play and would think ‘I would like him to be at my club’.”
Asked if Liverpool would like to sign him, he continued: “I say yes, I said he would be, not a replacement, not saying this for Jordan Henderson. But when Jordan moves on, or retires, or comes into a new football role, he [Gallagher] would be great for Liverpool.”
Henderson is currently 31 and still an important player for the Reds, starting 26 league games this season. Even though his contract doesn’t expire until 2025, some feel that it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if Jurgen Klopp begins to look for a successor for the former Sunderland midfielder.
Speaking about Gallagher’s return to Stamford Bridge in the summer, Austin continued: “Him coming to Chelsea, I think it’s a perfect opportunity for him. As players, when an opportunity comes, you’ve got to take them and this one, I think Conor Gallagher will be looking at, as well as his representatives. Whether they are thinking about what we can do next year.
“I think he will be looking at it and thinking, ‘I’m going to try my best and give everything at Chelsea’.”
It remains to be seen how Gallagher’s career pans out with the Blues, or whether he fears that the quality already at the club means that his opportunities there will be limited. If so, Palace will certainly be amongst the clubs waiting to try and sign the playmaker on a permanent basis.
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