Spaniards rave on Twitter about Liverpool target Manuel Iturra

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Liverpool target Manuel Iturra was in Champions League action last night.

News broke earlier in the week from the continent that Liverpool are trying to sign Manuel Iturra from Malaga.

The 28-year-old midfielder will become a free agent in the summer and one report even claimed a deal had been tied up, although there has been no verification of this.

Iturra hails from Chile and is a defensive midfielder in style, who could compliment Lucas. Check out our factfile piece on him here.

He was in action for Malaga last night, playing a part in their Champions League comeback win over Porto.

Malaga overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit to win 2-0, and Iturra played his part. He provided the pass for Spanish sensation Isco to net the first half goal, before Manchester City loan man Roque Santa Cruz came off the bench to score the winner.

He was extremely effective in breaking up the Porto attacks, making four tackles and five interceptions, in a midfield partnership with French veteran Jeremy Toulalan which provided the base for Malaga to go on and win the tie.

His display certainly impressed a number of Spanish fans, we have translated their Tweets so you can see what they were saying about him... (bear with it slightly...)

@Gubetu9: The Malaga huge! That match and that goal by Isco! Tireless Iturra and Toulalan

@nesarbas8: Amazing what of Málaga, with special mention to Toulalan and Iturra

@albertoherreraF: That match of Iturra and Toulalan. Iturra is a monster.

@pablovvt95: The Iturra is the new Gattuso

@joanever6: Toulalan and Iturra run run run run run and more # DoblePivoteRecuperador

@meruelo11: Toulalan and Iturra AWESOME. What power, what physical waste ... and ability to choose almost always the best pass.

@manolothai: Just say Toulalan and Iturra are warriors, last minute teeth bared that big puff ..

@enricmontero7: Iturra is the miniature version of Busquets. Is everywhere the guy cuts it all! He's done a real great game ...

@alfonso_verdugo: As has revived Iturra in Málaga, has been a mainstay of the team. I hope he stays there for a long time.

@castro_boqueron: Iturra and Toulalan no comment ... leave everything on the field!

From what you have seen of him, would Iturra be a good signing for Liverpool?

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