25 Feb 2016

€200m Stunner: Klopp wants to sign 'dangerous' attacker who'll be 'better than Ronaldo'.

Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Real Madrid attacker Jese Rodriguez, and new reports suggest that Jurgen Klopp is planning to make the Spaniard one of his top summer transfer targets.

According to Talksport this week:

"Liverpool are planning a summer move for Jese Rodriguez. Jurgen Klopp is a fan of the winger and believes he would fit in perfectly at Anfield. Madrid want over £20m".

In January, ex-Red Danny Murphy advised Liverpool to focus on trying to sign Jese:

“A more realistic alternative [to Aubameyang] is Jese Rodriguez. He is young, quick and well worth a gamble given his current discontent.”

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.

* 26 goals/assists in 76 apps for Real Madrid (Goal/assist every 101 mins). 15 goals in 33 apps for various Spain youth teams.

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

* Oct 2015: Former Madrid coach Deogracia Martin, raved: "In a few years, Jese will show that he is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. At the moment he’s better than him in one-on-one situations."

Martin's comments are irresponsible, and create unrealistic expectations, but what can you expect when a club that puts a €200m buyout clause in a player's contract? But I digress...

Jese has 6 goals/assists in 20 appearances for Madrid this season, but he's averaging only 38 minutes of pitch time per game, so his alleged willingness to leave is entirely understandable.

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 afterwards, and ACLs can be particularly damaging for attackers who rely on explosive pace as a key part of their game.

As such, before taking the plunge, it's (arguably) worth seeing if Jese can remain fit over the next year.

Author: Jaimie K


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