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29 Apr 2016

Anfield Stunner: £30m attacker hailed as 'best in the world' wants Liverpool transfer

Liverpool are reportedly back in the race for Paris Saint Germain attacker Javier Pastore, who was heavily linked with a move to Anfield during Brendan Rodgers' time at the club.

Pastore was last linked with Liverpool in the summer of 2015, and according to Italian newspaper Tutto Sport this week:

* Pastore - nicknamed 'El Flaco' - is keen to quit PSG this summer.

* The £30m-rated Argentine attacker is allegedly 'ready to sign' for Liverpool.

Some info about Pastore:

* 26-year old attacking midfielder, who can also play on the left. Current contract expires: 2019.

* PSG: 37 goals/43 assists (80) in 2013 games (Goal every 380 mins. G/A every 175 mins)

* This season: 7 goals/assists in 24 games (One every 151 minutes).

* Seven separate injuries this season (Groin, adductor, shinbone, 3x Calf - 29 games missed). Five calf injuries in the last 18 months.

* Aug 2013: Admitted that the pressure at PSG affected his performances: "With the players that have come in, the pressure is no longer only on me. It's better for me to have less pressure. Other players have the burden".

* Apr 2015: Laurent Blanc sounded a note of caution over Pastore: "Javier is just so unpredictable. [He] does things that only talented players can do [but] he [also] does things that can't be rationally explained. He can sometimes put the team at risk [and] I must tell him off."

* Apr 2015: Man Utd legend Eric Cantona raved: "The best player in the world, the most exciting player in the world, is Pastore. He's got something special."

Cantona is entitled to his opinion, but there is no objective evidence to back up his claim that Pastore is the 'best player in the world'. Indeed, Pastore himself has refuted Cantona's claim:

"I thank him [Cantona] for his praise [but] I don't share his view. I don't compare myself with the best. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are incredible players".

Pastore's goals/assists ratio at PSG is merely average, and I'd rather see the Reds spend less players whose creative stats are far superior (Andriy Yarmolenko, for example). Additionally, Pastore's recent injury history suggests that he's becoming increasingly injury prone, which is the last thing Liverpool need.

Author: Jaimie K


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