Raul Albiol - Spanish international suitable for Liverpool?

Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso could perhaps help former club Liverpool to sign Raul Albiol, after turning down a move away from the Spanish giants.

Liverpool’s desire to re-sign Alonso over the past few weeks has been a well publicised story but the Spaniard has suggested that he will still be a Real Madrid player next season, regardless of what happens with Jose Mourinho.

It could be an ironic twist of fate for Liverpool, after recent reports have suggested they are interested in adding Raul Albiol to their back four and the presence of Alonso at Real Madrid improves their chances of doing just that.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has highlighted the defence as one of the areas he wants to improve this summer and while there is enough cover in the squad to cope with Jamie Carragher’s retirement, the one thing they are lacking is experience.

Albiol will provide them with just that and he could find a move to the Premier League very appealing after a frustrating season with Real Madrid, which has seen him make only 16 appearances in La Liga.

This is a defender who has played for Spain over 30 times in a very competitive era, which has seen their current national side described as one of the best ever teams to play football in the modern era.

What that guarantees to Liverpool is that they would be buying a player who would not be intimidated by the pressure and magnitude of playing for one of the big English clubs and a player who could aid the younger players in the defence.

One of the striking features of Albiol’s game is his calmness and composure on the ball, which allows him to set counter attacks up from the back but also play the ball out sensibly for longer periods of build up play.

The sticking point in any Liverpool transfer this summer is always going to be the fee and this is no different. Albiol is on a huge contract at Real Madrid, which currently expires in the summer of 2017.

His age of 27-years-old suggests he has a long time left in the game, which means other clubs will be in for him and that pushes the price up, meaning Liverpool could be forced to pay well over £10 million in order to get him.

However, Liverpool should present themselves as an opportunity for the centre back to nail down a place in a very competitive Liverpool side, which could be crucial with the World Cup next summer.

Albiol will be looking to break back into the Spain side and push for 50 caps. If he stays at Real Madrid that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen but if he joins a side with a clear need for a player of his quality and experience it’s a different story.

Liverpool can use Xabi Alonso to sell the club to a player like Albiol and Alonso doesn’t seem to be on bad terms with his former employers, which should make him more than willing to help.

Would Albiol be a good signing for Liverpool?

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