What does Menez injury mean for Liverpool's interest?

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Liverpool have been linked with Paris Saint-Germain bad boy Jeremy Menez, who has withdrawn from international duty with injury

Menez was suggested as a possible squad player for Liverpool earlier in the season due to their lack of reserves up front and the fact he’s only got a year left to run on his contract with PSG.

Menez was named in the French squad which will tour South America next month against Uruguay and Brazil but he has been withdrawn to recover with a back injury.

“Jeremy Menez has been rested by Paris St Germain as he recovers from a back problem and was forced to withdraw from the squad,” said the French Federation.

That creates an opportunity for Liverpool if they are seriously interested because circumstances seem to have fallen firmly in their favour.

Very few teams will aggressively go after one of their transfer targets while they are injured, which means Liverpool could engineer themselves into a position where they can talk to Menez unopposed.

That would allow them to take their time talking through a possible deal and sounding out the player over whether he actually wants to make the move to Liverpool and be a squad player there or whether he wants to stay in France.

That injury could put the other sides off from making a formal approach or offer, which importantly for Liverpool, brings the price down.

If there are fewer clubs in trying to sign a player, then it’s only natural that the bidding war for that player will be less hostile and aggressive.

Brendan Rodgers doesn’t seem about to turn his back on the policy of the board to now only sign young players in good value deals and that is certainly something which Menez could represent.

The timing is also very important because a lot of clubs won’t look at doing their business until various players have returned from those friendly matches and the Under-21 European Championship has been completed.

If Liverpool wanted to, they could get their people in France onto Menez right now before the French season has even officially ended, giving them a great chance of sorting a deal before the start of July and the summer transfer window.

There are only a couple of pressing issues which could now trip Liverpool up in any plans to sign him.

He may want to stay in France, which means he could be refusing to talk to any club courting him until PSG have discussed the issue of a new contract and made their mind up over a possible new deal.

The other is the fact they would probably only offer him a similar role to the one he has now. He’s not going to get into the side ahead of Daniel Sturridge or Luis Suarez so he may as well be a squad player in France, over moving to England for the same job.

So if Liverpool are set on signing him, this injury may put them off - or it may focus them. How it plays out may just be very interesting.

Should Liverpool go after Menez? Is he good enough for the club?

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