3/31/2015 05:32:00 pm

Origi-Killer? Liverpool chase £15m 20-goal 'menace' hailed by Mourinho. €13m offer made last summer

Prior to the recent January transfer window, Liverpool were linked with a move for Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who plays alongside recent Reds signing Lazar Markovic for the Serbia national team. The Reds' interest in Mitrovic is well established, and new reports this week suggest that the attacker is still on LFC's transfer wishlist.

Last summer, Mitrovic's agent, Nenad Jestrovic, told reporters:

"Liverpool were willing to pay €13m for him [Mitrovic]...but Anderlecht didn’t want to hear about a transfer"

According to The Daily Express today, 20-year Mitrovic remains a a transfer 'target' for Liverpool, who've extensively scouted the youngster over the last year.

Arsenal are also reportedly interested, and in February, Mitrovic confirmed that he definitely wants a move to the Premier League:

"The Premier League? That's not just a dream, I'd love to play there. Everything depends on the clubs that want me and the money requested and offered"

Some info about Mitrovic:

* 36 goals/11 assists in 77 apps for Anderlecht.
* Goal/assist every 1.6 games.
* 1 goal in 6 apps for the Serbia national team.
* 11 goals in 21 apps for various Serbia youth teams.
* Two league title medals (for Partizan and Anderlecht)
* Most expensive transfer in Anderlecht's history.
* 2013: UEFA Under-19 Championship winner.
* This season: 20 goals/5 assists in 38 apps.
* Goal/assist every 1.5 games.

Urgh. Not another young, inexperienced player with the potential to come good at some undetermined point in the future. You only need to look at the impact of similarly-aged attackers like Lazar Markovic, Luis Alberto, Fabio Borini, Suso etc to see that this is almost certainly an ill-advised idea.

Granted, with the misfiring triumvirate of Lambert/Balotelli/Borini, and the endlessly injured Daniel Sturridge, new strikers are (arguably) Liverpool's biggest priority. However, after the utter failure of most of Rodgers' attacking signings in the 18-22 range, it's doubtful that Mitrovic is the answer, especially for the £15m.

Additionally, if Liverpool sign Mitrovic, where does that leave Divock Origi, who is the same age? Can the team support both strikers? If, hypothetically, Mitrovic comes in and does well, I can definitely see Origi going back out on loan next summer.

Perhaps Mitrovic is a back-up for Luciano Vietto, another young striker being pursued by Liverpool? The Serb's goals/assists record for Anderlecht is impressive, but with the greatest respect, the Belgian league is not renowned for it's quality and competitiveness.

Former Liverpool attacker Milan Jovanovic insists that Mitrovic is destined for great things, though, and in an interview last season, he raved:

"He [Mitrovic] is a real top finisher – a menace in the box, and he's built for the top"

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is also a fan, and after seeing him score for Serbia against Croatia in 2013, he gushed:

“He [Mitrovic] was the best player on the pitch. He managed to keep the ball well and that was the key. That boy has everything to be a European star.”

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3/31/2015 08:09:00 am

Transfer Update: Liverpool finally agree to sell £7m outcast. Offers expected from Sunderland and Celtic

Liverpool misfit Tago Ilori continues to be linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, and according to new reports claim that Reds are definitely willing to sell the Portuguese when the transfer window opens.

According to Monday's Daily Express:

* Liverpool are 'ready to hear offers' from Sunderland and Celtic.

* Sunderland scouted Ilori during Portugal U21s’ recent friendly with Denmark.

* Real Sociedad have also scouted Ilori this year.

With the greatest respect, I doubt Sunderland have much chance of sealing a deal; Fabio Borini couldn't be persuaded to swap Liverpool for the North-East, and the same will probably happen with Ilori. Real Sociedad seems like the most attractive option for the youngster:

* He'll get to play against the world's best players on a regular basis.
* Sociedad is a higher profile club than Sunderland.
* Playing in Spain will give Ilori more chance of securing a move to a top La Liga club.
* Quality of life: Sunderland vs. San Sebastien. No contest.

Liverpool fans seem to have a lot of faith in Ilori, though. A few months ago, I conducted a poll on the site asking fans whether LFC should sell Ilori if/when the opportunity arises.

* A whopping 84% of prticipants voted NO to selling Ilori.

That's an emphatic vote of confidence in the Portuguese youngster, but I don't see him staying at Anfield in the long-term.

It'll be a shame if Ilori leaves without being given a chance to prove himself, though.

Who knows how he would've performed if given a run of games. Even Sebastian Coates got a few chances in the first team, but Rodgers has totally ignore Ilori for almost two years now.

Thankfully, Ilori cost a comparatively minimal £7m, so the overall financial loss will probably be small.

Unless, of course, Liverpool somehow manage to sell Ilori for a profit. It seems unlikely, but Sunderland were reportedly willing to spend £14m on Fabio Borini, so, clearly, anything is possible.

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3/31/2015 12:20:00 am

Marquee Signing? Barcelona tell Liverpool they can sign 'special' attacker for €20m

Over the last couple of years, Liverpool have been constantly linked with a move for Barcelona star Pedro, and with new reports this week suggest that Barcelona and Liverpool are in contact over a possible summer transfer.

Liverpool were last linked with Pedro in February, and according to The Mirror today:

* Barcelona have 'told' Liverpool and Arsenal that Pedro is for sale if they meet the club's asking price of €20m.

When asked in February about his future, Pedro told reporters:

"The truth is that it's complicated for those of us who play less, but when I go out [to play], I always give it all, the best of me. It's my way of being; I never give up"

Then, in March, Pedro seemed resigned to the possibility of moving on in the summer:

"For the whole season I have had very few chances. I am going through a difficult moment, and I will decide on my future at the end of the season"

What would Pedro - described this month by Luis Enrique as a player with 'special' qualities - bring to the Liverpool team? In a recent interview, the forward outlined what he perceives his role to be for Barcelona. He told reporters:

"My job in the team is to free up space on the pitch for my teammates, to build moves, to turn certain episodes into goalscoring chances or to get assists for teammates in better positions. These are my responsibilities during the game. Everything I do must benefit the team."

Despite the ridiculous competition at Barca for attacking places, Pedro's stats over the last few years are excellent:

* 2014-15: 10 goals/6 assists in 37 apps.
* 2013-14: 20 goals/10 assists in 52 apps.
* 2012-13: 10 goals/7 assists in 48 apps.
* 2011-12: 13 goals/6 assists in 51 apps.
* 2010-11: 22 goals/8 assists in 52 apps.
* 2009-10: 22 goals/4 assists in 50 apps.

Liverpool fans certainly hold Pedro in high regard. Prior to the Adam Lallana signing, I asked fans who they'd rather see LFC sign: Pedro or Lallana.

* 17100 visitors (approx) participated in the poll.
* A gigantic 80% of voters chose Pedro over Lallana.

That's a quite staggering vote of confidence in Pedro, but it's hardly surprising given the Spaniard's experience and pedigree. I also voted in favour of Pedro, for the following reasons:

* Consistent experience at the highest levels of the game, including copious European/international experience.

* Played alongside some of the world's best players for years, including Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta.

* A winner, who's won practically every trophy in the game, and that kind of experience could be invaluable for Liverpool. The Reds lacked experience in the final stages of last season, and that arguably contributed to losing the title.

* Pedro is the kind of player who'll come in and give the entire club a lift. He's a marquee signing with an aura about him.

This rumour seems like it's been around forever, yet Pedro is still at Barcelona, and if he decides to leave in the summer, I can't see him ending up at Liverpool, especially if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League.

With Steven Gerrard leaving, there will also be a distinct lack of world-renowned players at Anfield, and that may make it harder than it is already to attract Europe's elite.

It's not a problem, though - Liverpool will reportedly have the genius of James Friggin' Milner in the squad next season, so further reinforcements are not even needed.

With Galacticos like Milner in the team, who needs Pedro?



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3/30/2015 09:05:00 pm

'Great Player': Pele raves about £20m Liverpool star and compares him to Brazil legend Socrates

Football legend Pele has hailed the progress of Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho, and compared him to one of Brazil's greatest international stars.

Pele recently attended Liverpool's 2-1 home defeat against Manchester United, and when asked this week about fellow Brazilian Coutinho, he raved:

"Coutinho is another great player produced by Brazil. Socrates had a similar style, but he was probably slower than Philippe".

For £20m-rated* Coutinho to be truly considered alongside Brazil's international greats, he'll need to become a regular for the national team, and given the intense competition, that may take a while.

Lucas Leiva knows how difficult it is to break into the Brazil team, but he's convinced that Coutinho can make it. He told LFC.com:

"You have Willian, Oscar and Neymar [which] makes it even harder for Phil, for example, but I'm sure he will be in the national team for many, many years and he will end up being one of the key players, for sure."

It's a nice idea, but I'm not so sure. Neymar is going to be around for years, and the likes of Oscar, Willian etc are already more established/experienced.

Additionally, new players are always coming through, and at some point in the near future, the 'next big thing' in Brazilian football will inevitably emerge, which will make it even harder for Coutinho.

That said, I'd love to see Liverpool's number 10 playing for Brazil at the next World Cup. Can he overcome the odds and become a regular for the national team?

The downside, of course, is that if Coutinho becomes an international star, the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona will inevitably come knocking, and it could be Luis Suarez all over again.

* Last reported valuation

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3/30/2015 06:00:00 pm

Next Transfer? Liverpool chase 'exceptional' £12m Barcelona star who wants Anfield move

Over the summer, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for on-loan Barcelona star Alex Song, and many fans were disappointed when Brendan Rodgers failed to pursue the deal. Earlier this month, the Daily Mail claimed that Song 'believes' he will sign for Liverpool this summer, and new reports suggest that the Reds are still monitoring the coveted midfielder.

According to the Mail on Sunday:

* West Ham have 'cooled' on the idea of signing £12m-rated Song.

* Manchester City and Liverpool are still interested in signing Song.

In a recent column for the Daily Mail, ex-Red Jamie Redknapp hailed Song as 'outstanding', and suggested that his performances 'are the reason West Ham [reached] third in the table' earlier this season. He enthused:

"He [Song] is exceptional. Who is going to take him at the end of the year? He [Song] will have a lot of options come the end of the season when his loan from Barcelona comes to an end".

Anfield legend Jamie Carragher is also a fan of Song, and in a recent interview, he enthused:

"Big, powerful and versatile, Song would definitely give an edge to any midfield. He was suited to the physical side of the game when he was here with Arsenal".

When asked recently about his future, Song - who reportedly earns £140k a week at West Ham - told reporters:

"For now I don't know what's happening [about my future] other than that I just want to play, help the club and then we'll see at the end of the season."

The Barcelona deal always seemed like a strange move to me; Song is clearly more suited to the Premier League style of play, and with Barca's huge array of top quality players, Song's chances of attaining a regular, long-term starting role at the club seem slim.

I still can't understand why Rodgers didn't snap him up during the summer. Song is arguably the type of midfielder needed in the squad, and he probably would've hit the ground running at Anfield and made an immediate impact (just as he has at West Ham).

That said, West Ham's form has nosedived over the last couple of months, and Song's influence appears to be waning, which is one of the (alleged) reasons that the Hammers are reluctant to sign him on a permanent deal.

It looks to me like Song has grown weary of playing for West Ham, and given the teams for whom he's played in the past, that is understandable. it doesn't mitigate a perceived lack of effort and/or loss of motivation, though, and that's something the Reds will have to consider.

Should Liverpool sign Song in the summer, or stick with Lucas and Joe Allen? One thing's for sure, I'd prefer to see the Reds bring in Song over James friggin' Milner.

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3/30/2015 02:54:00 pm

Angry Aldo blasts: £26m star has been 'dreadful' for Liverpool because he's 'lost focus'

After months of denial, it seems that Reds fans are finally starting to wake up and acknowledge Raheem Sterling's rampant greed, and LFC legend John Aldridge has now joined the growing chorus of dissenters criticising the youngster for shamelessly trying to fleece the club.

In his column for Sunday World today, Aldo went to town on Sterling and his advisors, arguing that:

* Sterling's contract stand-off symbolises 'everything that's vile in the modern game'.

* The youngster is 'not happy' with LFC's offer, and his refusal to accept a £100K-a-week deal is 'horrible to see'

Aldo also suggested that the contract situation is affecting Sterling's performances. He scathed:

"Sterling has been dreadful in his last few performances and [the contract situation] is affecting his commitment. Liverpool supporters have picked up on this and are ready to turn against him. He has lost his focus and is not the player he was before this contract argument flared up".

I've been making this argument for months, but as per usual, many Liverpool fans just wouldn't have it. Sterling is a mercenary, and as a result of all the ridiculous praise he's received from fans, pundits, and ex-players (with Brendan Rodgers the main culprit), his ego is out of control, and he now has a grossly inflated sense of his own worth.

In his article, Aldo puts the bulk of the blame on Sterling's agents, suggesting that he is being led like some meek little lamb by his representatives, but I totally disagree with that. Fans constantly seize upon that idea as it gives them a way to pass the buck, but Sterling knows exactly what he's doing.

An agent is the *employee* of a footballer, not the other way around.

£26m-rated Sterling will discuss everything related to his contract with his agent, and then direct him to act in a certain way, and the idea that he is being manipulated by his agent is complete and utter nonsense (IMO).

Sterling deserves all the criticism coming his way, and I really hope Liverpool fans continue to turn against him, and/or any other mercenary who tries to hold the club to ransom.

As I've argued countless times before, the solution to this situation is to call Sterling's bluff and sell him to highest bidder. That will send a strong message that shameless greed is not tolerated at Anfield, and will dissuade future mercenaries from trying to fleece the club.

If Liverpool cave-in, and pay Sterling what he wants, it will open the floodgates, and prove once again that players are bigger than the club.

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3/30/2015 02:24:00 am

Done Deal: Liverpool to sign 'outstanding' £125k-a-week star this summer to replace Gerrard

My worst transfer fears have been realised: Liverpool are set to sign James Milner to replace Steven Gerrard. Has the world gone mad?

Every day, I awake with the desperate hope that Liverpool's interest in James Milner is just a horrible recurring nightmare, but according to The Mirror on Sunday:

* Milner will 'quit Manchester City this summer' and 'sign for Liverpool'

* Liverpool will pay Milner £125k a week.

* Milner has allegedly been 'assured by Liverpool' he will play in Gerrard's soon to be vacated central midfield role.

I simply cannot conceive of a world where Liverpool pay James Milner £125K+ per-week. The idea is nauseating, and it's anyone's guess why an average British footballer nearing the end of his career is worth that much. Consider Milner's creative stats over the last 4 years:

* 2014-15: 6 goals/8 assists in 38 apps (so far)
* 2013-14: 2 goals/15 assists in 44 apps.
* 2012-13: 4 goals/7 assists in 35 apps.
* 2011-12: 3 goals/5 assists in 37 apps.
* 2010-11: 3 goals/8 assists in 42 apps
* TOTALS: 18 goals/44 assists in 196 apps
* Goal every 11.9 apps | Assist every 4.3 apps.

Milner - recently hailed by Brendan Rodgers as 'outstanding' - averages 3-4 goals a season over the last 5 years, and I can't see that changing at Liverpool. He'll just be another industrious midfielder who'll fail to score goals when it really matters.

I just don't understand it: if Milner - who will be 30 on his next birthday - is the height of Liverpool's transfer ambitions, then there are serious problems at Anfield. Looking at the bigger picture, the most worrying thing is that LFC's top class stars continue to be replaced by inferior players:

* Suarez replaced by Lambert and/or Balotelli.
* Carra replaced Lovren.
* Gerrard replaced by Milner.

Manuel Pellegrini insists, however, that Milner is a unique player. This week, he told reporters:

“It would be very difficult to find a more complete player than Milner. There are players who are better technically. There are quicker players. There are players who head the ball better. But show me a player who does all the things that Milner does well and there isn’t one.”

Even if this is true, so what? 'Jack of all trades, master of none' is the phrase that comes to mind, and versatility should not be a substitute for consistent match-winning quality.

Plus, Pellegrini's comments are laughably disingenuous - if he rates him so highly, why has Milner been a sub/unused sub and/or subbed off in 63% of games this season?

As if it wasn't clear enough, I'm totally against the Milner transfer; it represents a shocking lack of ambition from Brendan Rodgers, and will not help Liverpool move to the next level.

Of course, I'm happy to be proven wrong, but I won't be.

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3/29/2015 10:45:00 pm

Shock Transfer: Barcelona want £120k-a-week Liverpool star to replace €21m superstar

Is it April Fool's Day already? It surely must be as outgoing Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson is being linked with a move to Barcelona as a replacement for Dani Alves, who was recently offered a €21m salary package by Manchester United.

On Saturday, the Liverpool Echo reported:

"Glen Johnson is being linked with a move to Barcelona. The Catalan giants have been offered the Liverpool right-back, who is out of contract at the end of the season".

Johnson recently confirmed that there are currently 'no talks' ongoing with Liverpool, and revealed that he's currently in contact with overseas clubs. He told The Guardian:

"There are talks. It would be great for the kids to go abroad but I am not thinking about yet as we have two months left here and I’ll think about it after that. We will have to wait and see.”

Perhaps the 'talks' to which Johnson refers are with Barcelona? It's doubtful, but anything is possible.

Reacting to Johnson's comments, Liverpool legend John Aldridge insisted that a transfer is 'probably best for all parties', and offered several reason why it's a good idea to let him leave. He told the Liverpool Echo:

"Johnson is one of Liverpool’s highest earners and...that is a problem. Liverpool won’t want to keep paying him [£120k-a-week/£6m-a-year], and Johnson won’t want to take a pay cut, especially knowing his game time could be limited".

It's possible that Johnson's agent is leaking stories to the press in a bid to pressure Liverpool into offering him a new deal (or to entice other clubs to make a bid) but if you're going to pursue that strategy, then at least make the stories slightly credible (!)

What next: Borini to Bayern Munch? Brad Jones to Real Madrid?

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3/29/2015 07:40:00 pm

Exciting News? 'Spectacular' £65m superstar confirms he 'will play for Liverpool' if he returns to England

During the first few months of the season, the loss of Luis Suarez had a major negative impact on Liverpool, and that - combined with the absence of Daniel Sturridge - played a huge part in the Reds' terrible start to current season. As expected, 'spectacular' Suarez is showing his worth at Barcelona, but he still has a soft-spot for LFC, and he's revealed some new that will warm the hearts of Reds fans everywhere (except me, of course).

When asked today about a possible return to the Premier League, Suarez - who cost Barcelona £65m last summer - told reporters:

“You never know in football what the future holds, but if I ever play in England again I will play for Liverpool and not another team".

I'm sure this will come as a huge shock to regular visitors, but my response to this is: thanks but no thanks! Suarez is an amazing footballer, and, like everyone else, I loved watching him play. However, he constantly dragged Liverpool's name through mud, and caused more problems than any other player in the club's history.

Five months before the transfer, I warned against signing Suarez. At the time, I wrote:

"Suarez is the complete opposite of everything Liverpool stands for, and I have no doubt that he will cause problems for the club somewhere down the line, and those problems won't necessarily be cheating-related".

That prediction unfortunately came true in spades. The club ignored the giant red flags, sold its soul (by sealing the deal), and then suffered the hugely negative consequences.

The idea of a Suarez return to Liverpool will excite lots of LFC fans, and I don't begrudge them that feeling, but I still feel the same: bringing him back to Anfield would be a mistake, and I doubt the club will make the same mistake twice.

That said, I have no doubt that the majority of fans will continue to prioritise the individual over the club, even if that individual causes major damage to the club's reputation. The following poll will prove that, I'm sure ;-)

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3/29/2015 02:32:00 pm

Transfer Boost: Liverpool close to signing 'wonderful' £15m maestro. Done deal if Derby miss promotion

During the 2013-14 season, Liverpool were constantly linked with Derby County star Will Hughes, with reports claiming that the Reds had a first-look option to sign the young midfielder. At the time, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers specifically ruled out a transfer, but it appears that Hughes is once again on LFC's radar.

According to reports today:

* Liverpool 'will' sign Hughes if Derby fail to win promotion to the Premier League.

* Hughes is available for a transfer fee of £15m.

Liverpool were definitely interested in Hughes, and Rodgers confirmed this last season, when he told reporters:

"I read that we’d put in an offer [for Hughes], but there’s nothing further from the truth. He’s a wonderful talent. We’re always looking for talent, and he along with many others is one that we’ve looked at".

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is a fan of Hughes, and last season, he raved:

"His [Hughes'] reputation is growing by the week. The way he carries himself and the way he passes the ball suggest he has got a big future".

Derby County youth team coach Darren Wassall is also convinced Hughes is destined for greatness, and during an interview in May, he raved:

“Will is a great example and a great inspiration. He hit the ground running from the very first training session and he just got better and better as the weeks and months went on"

In my view, the ideal scenario is to buy Hughes and then loan him back to Derby for next season. He is only 19 and still developing, and there is absolutely no point in signing the youngster and and then letting him fester on the bench, or languish in the reserves.

With Jordan Henderson, Lucas, Joe Allen, and (almost certainly) another central midfielder coming in during the summer, there's very little chance that Hughes will get regular playing time.

In all probability, he'll get the odd 10-minute cameo appearance every now and then, which is a world away from his current situation at Derby, where he plays practically every game.

Plus, £15m for a 19-year old? That's way over the odds, but being fleeced on transfers is seemingly par for the course when it comes to Liverpool.

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3/28/2015 11:35:00 pm

Bad News: 'Sensational' Liverpool star confirms he'll miss '6-8 weeks' through injury

After having his Derby loan-spell cut short, 'sensational' Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe delivered a series of promising performances for the Reds, and then disaster struck in the form of lateral collateral ligament damage to his knee. Ibe is on the comeback trail, but he's confirmed today that he could end up missing most of the rest of the season.

On March the 3rd, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told reporters:

"Jordon Ibe will be out for a few weeks. He'll be back towards end of March,"

Clearly, that was wishful thinking from Rodgers as it's now the end of March, and Ibe is no closer to making a return. Indeed, in an interview today, the youngster indicated that he may be out until May. He told LFC.com:

"They said I could be out for six to eight weeks. Hopefully I can get back into training soon and play again. I was a bit nervous coming back because I hadn't been out on the grass for four weeks, but everything is going well."

If Ibe is out for the full 8 weeks, he'll return on May 2nd, which will leave only 3 games remaining until the season draws to a close.

With Gerrard and Sturridge both out right now, Liverpool could've done with Ibe in the squad, but hopefully he'll be back to help the Reds make a vital final push to secure a Champions League place.

That said, he won't be match-fit, so it's unlikely that he'll figure much in the final three games.

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3/28/2015 06:20:00 pm

Anfield-bound? 'Incredible' €20m star desperate to quit Barcelona and sign for Liverpool

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for Barcelona star Martin Montoya, who has been linked with a move to Anfield multiple times over the last few years.

According to The Mirror today:

* Barcelona have given Liverpool the 'green light' to sign Montoya.

* Montoya - who has a €20m buyout clause in his contract - will 'listen to whatever Liverpool put on the table' and accept a move 'if it ticks all the right boxes'.

* Brendan Rodgers is allegedly a 'huge fan'.

The story so far:

* May 2013: Spanish newspaper Spanish newspaper Sport alleged that Liverpool had 'enquired about the status of Montoya' and claimed that Brendan Rogers is a big fan of the Barca player'.

* Sep 2013: Montoya's agent, Jose Maria Orobitg, told FCInterNews: "The renewal [of Montoya's contract] has not yet arrived. Inter Milan, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool are interested"

* Dec 2013: The Guardian claimed: "Liverpool have opened talks with Barcelona over the transfer of Martín Montoya. Managing director, Ian Ayre, met Barcelona officials in Catalunya [last] Thursday to discuss a possible fee".

* Nov 2014: Reports in Spain claimed that Liverpool were on the verge of sealing a January deal for Montoya.

* Dec 2014: When asked about his future in December, Montoya's agent, Juan de Dios Carrasco, told reporters: "Montoya will 100 per cent leave Barcelona. We just want to find the best club for Martin, so he can continue his progression. Germany, Italy and England all have clubs that are already pulling strings to sign him."

Montoya - described by former Barca boss Tito Villanova as 'an incredible player'- is clearly fourth-choice right-back at Barcelona, and according to Spanish newspaper Sport, the Spaniard is desperate to quit the club. A recent article claimed:

"The straw that broke the camel's back for Montoya was the match against Almeria, where Adriano was chosen for right side of the back four. Montoya felt 'humiliated' according to the his representatives, who have decided to look elsewhere"

Luis Enrique has utilised Montoya a little more this year, but the Spaniard still wants out, as his Agent confirmed in January:

"Our idea is still the same: the player wants to leave. We are waiting for the club to select a new sporting director so we can speak with him and find the best possible solution."

If Liverpool sign Montoya that it'll surely be curtains for Javier Manquillo. The Reds will have Flanagan, Montoya, and Can capable of playing on the right, and if Manquillo can't maintain a first-team place right now, I don't see how that'll change when a new right-back comes in.

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