Brendan Rodgers has shown a remarkable ability to pick up a bargain so far during his time at the club, with the number of targets linked with Liverpool ideal for their style of play and at good value it’s an aspect of his managerial reign which is impressive.
Liverpool seem to have been very focused on adding talent to the attack of their side despite the fact they still need a high quality player in their back four, regardless of the capture of Manchester City’s Kolo Toure.
One player who certainly ticks all of the right boxes in terms of value and fitting in with the Liverpool style is Brazilian defender Doria of Botafogo, a player Barcelona have also been trying to get.
There are plenty of reasons this guy is perfect for Liverpool and they start with the fact he’s cheap and he’s only 18-years-old.
He’s a player that has attracted interest from several big clubs as Botafogo need to sell him to ease their own financial situation.
However, that doesn’t mean that his fee is going to go way over the top and at around the £7 million mark, Rodgers shouldn’t have any problems getting the deal past the club’s board because he’s a solid investment.
As a Brazilian player, he’s naturally good on the ball which fits in with Rodgers’ style of play with Liverpool; passing the ball out from the back, working it through the midfield and keeping the pressure right on top of the opposition.
Liverpool are also in a very good position to be able to help him settle in because they already have key Brazilians in Lucas and Philippe Coutinho who can help in terms of communication.
Coutinho in particular is a player Liverpool can use to try and sign Doria because he also came to the club at a very young age, which means Doria can empathise with him and get advice over how to settle into Merseyside.
If Liverpool go and shell out over £20 million on Henrikh Mkhitaryan then that means they need to look for good value elsewhere in their transfer business this summer.
The fee being talked about for Doria is a lot of money for a teenager but he seems like a much better player and a much more versatile player than Tiago Ilori of Sporting Lisbon, the other young defensive talent Liverpool have been linked with.
The issue is how competitive it’s going to get for Doria’s signature because it looks like a lot of clubs are in the mix trying to sign him.
The best approach for Liverpool is simply to stress what they can do for him in terms of football and his future because if he turns out to have a lot of mercenary tendencies, that’s not a player Liverpool need or should want.
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