29 Mar 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool ready to smash transfer record and sign 'world-class' £50m attacker

Liverpool are reportedly willing to break the club's transfer record to sign one Europe's most talented attacking players.

On Saturday, The Mirror claimed that Liverpool are 'confident' of signing Real Madrid star James Rodriguez this summer, and according to Spanish newspaper Don Balon on Monday evening:

"Madrid want to sell Rodriguez, and Liverpool are willing to pay the £50m fee that Florentino Perez is asking for".

In my view, Klopp will ruin Rodriguez with his obsession with forcing attacking players to prioritise pressing and running, but I've already outlined my thinking on that in a separate article.

Despite his fringe status at the Bernabeu, Rodriguez's goals/assists record is still fantastic:

* Madrid: 70 goals/assists in 102 apps (One every 96 mins)

* CL Record: 12 goals/assists in 33 apps (One every 194 mins)

* Colombia: 29 goals/assists in 52 apps (One every 150 mins)

70 goals/assists in 102 apps? That's a great record, and if Rodriguez replicates that end product at Liverpool, I'm sure most fans will be happy.

Where will he play, though? Rodriguez's best position is (arguably) the number-10 role, and Klopp's formation doesn't allow for that type of player. As such, I don't see the point in signing Rodriguez if he's going to be played out of position as a winger, or a 'false 9'.

One thing's for sure: if Liverpool sign 'world-class' Rodriguez, he will be the marquee signing that Reds fans have been crying out for since Luis Suarez left, and if he's allowed to express himself, the Colombian is a potentially fantastic signing.


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