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Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has claimed Jurgen Klopp will feel he has "dodged a bullet" by not signing Jack Grealish, following images that have emerged of the midfielder partying in Las Vegas.
The former Aston Villa star has clearly been enjoying his summer holiday in Las Vegas, as videos are circulating around social media of Grealish coming out of nightclubs in the US city.
The 26-year-old became the first Englishman to be signed for £100 million when he joined Manchester City from boyhood club Aston Villa last summer.
He experienced a mixed first campaign in the North West, with inconsistency in his performances plaguing a season where he won his first major trophy as a player.
Collymore, also a lifelong Villa fan, says Grealish reminds him of himself after he made the switch to a big club in 1995, moving from Nottingham Forest to Liverpool for £8.5 million.
The man who netted 35 goals in 81 appearances for the Reds explains that he believes Klopp will be delighted he chose not to move for Grealish because of his antics.
“I guarantee Jurgen Klopp will be seeing the photos and thinking, ‘I dodged a bullet there’.
While his boss at City, Pep Guardiola, will be saying, ‘okay, you’re pickling your liver. Well, let’s see what you’re like in pre-season compared to the other boys’”.
Grealish will return to Manchester City in a few weeks time to prepare for the new season and he’ll be looking to improve upon a disappointing first campaign.
The ex-pro has warned the England international, who had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool during his time at Villa Park, to focus on his football and avoid the exuberant mistakes he made in his playing career.
“I recoil every time I see him on the front of a newspaper because my concern is that, with the acquiescence of the media, he is painting himself as ‘the new Gazza’,” Collymore told The Mirror.
“Everyone has been looking for one and we thought it might be Phil Foden for a while, but if Jack isn’t careful it’s going to be him. As soon as I read he was going to Las Vegas with a load of mates, I thought the media was setting the scene for a wild weekend.
“For all we knew, they could have been going off on a Buddhist retreat- but obviously the narrative is already right because of course he was going to stick on the Beatles sunglasses with his bleached blonde hair and all the gear.
Collymore himself was never far from the headlines as he was involved in a number of controversial matters that resulted in a media onslaught during his career.
The Liverpool squad he was involved in was nicknamed the “Spice Boys” by the newspapers.