One of the resonating stories which has surrounded Liverpool this season is the future of their goalkeeper and one of the more contemporary ones is their need for defensive cover with Jamie Carragher bowing out of the game.
There have been a few media stories doing the rounds which have suggested Liverpool may consider using their goalkeeper to try and sign talented forward Cristian Tello.
That wouldn’t be a bad move by any means but they can get a much better value transfer if they use him to try and sign Marc Bartra.
Bartra’s emergence in the Barcelona first team has been enabled by injuries to their primary defensive players and while you may point to the fact he was part of the defence which was trounced by Bayern Munich, there are two major factors which Liverpool should be looking on.
One is his age of 22-years-old. That’s significant because it seems one of the main points of any transfer, for a player going into Liverpool, at the moment for the club is the age of the player and what that means over the next few seasons.
The second point the club needs to focus on is the fact that Bartra only has one year left on his current deal which makes him cheaper than he may otherwise be and more susceptible to a transfer.
Brendan Rodgers seems very intent on creating a squad at Liverpool which is going to secure the next two to three transitions of the current side, which will ultimately make his life a lot easier if he’s going to be in the job for a long time.
It also enables Liverpool to continue bringing through younger players in a very competitive environment.
Tello is a very good forward thinking player and one of the best young attackers Barcelona have but he doesn’t fill a pressing position for the club and there is no instant guarantee that he will be any better or more effective than Philippe Coutinho or Daniel Sturridge.
It’s also slight left of field because not many people would be expecting the club to use Pepe Reina in a part exchange deal for a relatively unknown defender just making his way in the game.
That reduces the potential competition that Liverpool could have for his transfer as opposed to going after Tello, where his situation has been well publicised with some of the biggest teams in Europe sniffing around him.
This is the sort of deal Liverpool are going to have to start thinking more and more about because unfortunately, they just don’t have the financial resources to fall back on at the moment.
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