7 Nov 2015

€200m Stunner: Liverpool chase 'dangerous' Madrid attacker who'll be 'better than Ronaldo'.

Over the summer, Liverpool were linked with Real Madrid attacker Denis Cheryshev, and new reports suggest that Jurgen Klopp now has his eye on a different Los Blancos player.

According to Spanish newspaper AS:

* Liverpool and Arsenal are monitoring the progress of Jesé Rodríguez Ruiz (aka Jesé).

* Jesé is open to leaving Madrid in January in a bid to get regular first team football.

Some info about 22-year old Jesé, hailed by former Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as a 'dangerous' player:

* Left-winger, who can also play on the right, and as a secondary striker.

* Current contract expires 2017 and contains a ludicrous €200m buyout clause (yes, you read that right).

* 23 goals/assists in 64 apps for Real Madrid (Goal/assist every 2.8 games).

* 15 goals in 33 apps for various Spain youth teams.

* 2012-13: Grabbed 34 goals/assists in 38 games for Real Madrid B.

* Dec 2014: Suffered a cruciate ligament injury, and spent 260 days on the sidelines recovering.

* After Real Madrid's recent 3-1 victory over Las Palmas, Rafa Benitez enthused: "Jese has been working very well. He put in a good performance and I am very happy with him".

* Oct 2015: Former Madrid coach Deogracia Martin, raved: "He [Jese] plays with his heart and is pure talent. In a few years, he will show that he is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. At the moment he’s better than him on a one-on-one situation."

So, Jese will be 'better than Ronaldo'? It's clear that Martin has been taking lessons at Hogwash, the Brendan Rodgers School of Balderdash and Bullsh^t.

Comments like that are ridiculously irresponsible, and create unrealistic expectations, as well as putting the player under needless pressure.

Still, what can you expect when a club puts a €200m buyout clause in a player's contract.

Jese has three goals/assists in eight appearances for Madrid this season, but he's averaging only 37 minutes of pitch time per game, so his willingness to leave is understandable, especially with Euro 2016 on the horizon.

In my view, though, Liverpool should steer clear of any player with a significant injury in their recent history, and that includes ACL injuries.

Some players are never the same after ACL injuries, especially those that rely on explosive pace as a key part of their game, so before even thinking about taking the plunge, it's worth seeing how Jese progresses over the next year.

Author: Jaimie K


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