The Barcelona star Liverpool should snub

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TalkSport has reported that Liverpool are eyeing up a move for Barcelona youngster Martin Montoya.

He has been suggested as a possible defender who can come in and improve the back four on Liverpool’s budget but they quite frankly don’t need him.

The retirement of Jamie Carragher has triggered all sorts of links to defenders from all over the world, ignoring the fact that Liverpool have solid defensive reserves already within their squad.

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed they will improve the defence but there is no point bringing in someone like Montoya who is not hugely different to the youngsters the club already own.

Montoya’s best position seems to be at right back and as a right sided central defender, which are positions where Liverpool already have three options; Andre Wisdom, Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly.

All three of those players have been fairly inconsistent this season, which is why rumours like this exist but there is no point sucking money out of the transfer budget, which is already limited, for a pointless signing.

If he was available on a free transfer then it could be worth a risk Liverpool giving him a contract but he’s got a year left to run on his current deal which means there will be a fee if he’s moved on this summer.

When Glen Johnson is fully fit, there is no way in the world that Montoya would get into the side ahead of him.

Johnson is arguably the best right back in England when he’s on form so it would be a very bizarre decision for Rodgers to seemingly drop him for an unproven 22-year-old just because he comes from Barcelona and has impressive passing accuracy.

Martin Kelly has an edge over him because he has the determination to succeed next season, which can only be generated because of a lengthy injury.

That is something that no amount of money can be and it’s a reason to give Kelly a run of games, because he’ll be very determined to prove that he’s got what it takes to be the long term replacement for Carragher.

Wisdom is probably the only play who would be under pressure because of Montoya’s arrival because although he’s had chances this season, he hasn’t nailed down a starting place for himself.

He too has had a couple of small injuries but he’s on a huge contract at Liverpool, which expires in 2018, suggesting that Rodgers only plans to use him more and more in the immediate future.

TalkSport has suggested that Inter Milan are the main rivals to Liverpool to sign Montoya and they may very well get him, as Liverpool have priorities which are greater than someone who would just be a fringe player, used for his versatility at best.

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