1 Apr 2016

Desperate to 'Sell': Liverpool handed massive chance to sign 'unique' £64m attacker. Contact made in 2014

Earlier this season, Liverpool were linked with a move for Real Madrid star Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez (aka Isco), and according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Madrid are desperate to offload the 'unique' attacker.

In November, SportBild claimed:

"Liverpool are interested in signing Isco, who has informed Madrid he wants to leave".

Klopp is confirmed admired of Isco, and back in 2012 (whilst at Dortmund), he told reporters:

"We also wanted to sign Isco, but it was pretty clear that we were not going to have half a chance in the race to sign him"

Well, Klopp may get another chance to seal the deal. Speaking to Sky Sports today, Balague insisted:

"Isco would like to go to England [and] Real Madrid would love to sell. Isco hasn’t got the quality to be a regular at Madrid".

Liverpool have been linked with Isco several times in the past:

Sep 2014: The Independent reported that Liverpool were planning a 'January offer' for Isco.

Nov 2014: The Daily Express claimed: "Liverpool [have been] informed that £64m will be enough to secure [Isco's] signature".

For the right price, Isco is a good option, but £60m+? You're having a laugh. Isco is a talented player, but his goal return is average (one every 432 mins); the Spaniard's combined goals/assist ratio is good (one every 163 mins), but it's not £60m-good.

That said, the high press is a key part of Jurgen Klopp's philosophy, and Isco fits that approach. Indeed, in a recent interview, the Spaniard explained how he'd adapted his game to fit that type of football:

“I took an important step when it came to regaining possession. I've had to do that to have a place in the [Madrid] team. I try to help by running and working. I became a more complete player. But I don’t want to talk so much about myself.”

One thing's for sure - Reds fans would love to see Isco at Anfield. Last season, I conducted a site poll asking fans if Liverpool should sign Isco, and a whopping 78% of voters selected were in favour of the deal.

A good option for the right price?

Author: Jaimie K


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