How missing out on Willian can be turned into a positive for Liverpool

Missing out on Brazilian star Willian may not be completely bad news for Liverpool.

Tottenham Hotspur seem to have already started spending the cash they will receive from the sale of Gareth Bale, going above Liverpool’s heads with a €35 million offer for Willian from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

However, that shouldn’t be too much of heartbreak to the Reds because it gives them the opportunity to go after Leandro Damiao, someone they have already been linked with this summer.

Links have started surfacing left, right and centre that Brendan Rodgers reportedly sees Damiao as the back up option to Willian and in several ways he could turn out to be a better signing for the club if it’s a deal they manage to pull off.

Damiao has admitted that he would be willing to leave current side Internacional if the right offer comes along.

“I am focused on Internacional, it has to be a good offer for me and the club - If a very good offer comes, then maybe it could happen,” he told reporters.

With the loan signing of Aly Cissokho completed, Rodgers has one more attacking addition to make to his squad before he is happy with the numbers he has for his assault on the top four and a Champions League place.

What Liverpool need to make the top four is consistency from all areas of the team and players doing their basic jobs in each position.

Damiao would offer Liverpool that consistency because his goalscoring record over the last three seasons suggests that he will weigh in with very important goals in big matches; he’s scored 68 goals in all competitions for club and country in the last three seasons.

His presence as a straight up centre forward in the Liverpool squad would also take some of the pressure away from other key members in the attack, especially Daniel Sturridge who is currently under huge pressure to compensate for Luis Suarez’s absence.

An attacking trio of Damiao, Sturridge and Suarez, backed up by Iago Aspas means Rodgers would have a variety of different attacking options to use and one of the best attacking packs of players of any side in the Premier League.

One of the advantages that would have come with signing Willian is his ability to play down the left but that’s not a huge miss for Liverpool.

Luis Alberto was signed earlier in the summer with that same sort of versatility, which means Rodgers does have options down that side of the team despite the recent departure of Stewart Downing equipped with missing out on Willian.

Damiao guarantees Liverpool goals and in such an important season for the club that is crucial to everything.

What do you think? Would Damiao be a better signing than Willian?

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