28 Mar 2017

Deal Close? Liverpool confident of signing 'world-class' €70m superstar; 'Source' confirms transfer is 'very feasible'

Liverpool are reportedly considering a stunning summer move for one of Europe's most exciting 'world-class' players.

With Coutinho's future up in the air, and Adam Lallana proving once again that he cannot be relied upon as a creative force across a whole season (15 games without a goal now), Liverpool arguably need attacking reinforcements this summer, and according to The Mirror:

"Liverpool are confident of landing Real Madrid star James Rodriguez if they make the Champions League. The Reds have been chasing him for some time".

A alleged source 'close' to Real Madrid further claims:

“Zidane is not satisfied with Rodriguez. The player also isn’t happy, and it now appears a move in the summer is very feasible.”

€70m-rated appears to be on the outs at Madrid, but even if Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, I can't see him signing for the Reds. The Colombian has the requisite skill, guile, and creativity, but if he signed for LFC, I have no doubt that he'd be ruined by Klopp.

Rodriguez is a flair player; his game is based on technique, game intelligence, and skill, not running, pressing, and endlessly hassling opposition players. He'd be forced to subjugate his individual creative instincts and prioritise the defensive side of his game, and that would basically neuter his effectiveness.

As a comparison, just look at Lallana and Coutinho. They both run/press themselves into the ground, yet they still have only one goal each in their last 15 games. This drop in form has coincided with Liverpool's horrible form this year, and once again, it begs the question: what's the point in rinsing the club's most talented players if it leads to long barren spells like this?

As this season shows, that approach will work for a few months, but the players will quickly tire from being worked to the bone, and that will lead to underperformance. And this is in a season without European football (!) What happens when Liverpool have 15-20 extra games next season?

James Rodriguez? Forget it.


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