Liverpool target Menez - but do they need him?


PSG's Jeremy Menez could be on his way to Liverpool, but the Reds should stick with what they have rather than French rebel.

Brendan Rodgers spent the majority of the summer seeking out attacking reinforcements, and whilst he signed Victor Moses and Iago Aspas, Frenchman Jeremy Menez reportedly remains on his wishlist.

Rodgers unfortunately missed out on a clutch of attacking players, such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Willian, to Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea respectively. The latter move did free up Moses to make the switch to Anfield, but the former Swansea boss still wants more.

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It seems Rodgers has been given the green light to follow up his long-standing interest in Paris Saint-Germain attacker Jeremy Menez, after the 26-year-old was caught in a bust-up with manager Laurent Blanc.

The former Roma forward was unhappy that he had been left on the bench, and proceeded to leave the stadium and head home with around 20 minutes to go – unsurprisingly, his manager wasn't impressed and Menez was left out of the squad to face Marseille.

Blanc said, "Jeremy has met with the club officials, I have met with him this morning. There will be a sanction. He will not be with us for the Marseille trip."

Whilst Menez is a highly talented player who can create and score goals from either out wide or behind the striker, and the rumoured £5m transfer fee is a bargain based on pure talent alone, but with the attitude he has recently displayed, is he worth bringing into the dressing room?

Liverpool – and Rodgers – have one player who gives them headaches on a fairly regular basis in Luis Suarez, and you have to worry that adding another could cause a fractious environment at Anfield. In fact, many people will tell you that there is a direct correlation between Liverpool targeting Menez and the future of Luis Suarez, but the Uruguayan has repeatedly declared he is staying on Merseyside.

There is also the impact the move will have on Liverpool's youngsters, such as Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe. FA chairman Greg Dyke recently said “The truth is that we have become a finishing school for the rest of the world at the expense of our own players.”, and bringing in Menez would stifle the development of two bright young English wingers.

As talented as Menez is, he appears to be a potential headache that Rodgers and Liverpool just don't need, even if the £5m price-tag is enticing. They should stick with Moses, Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, with Sterling and Ibe sprinkled in when needed, until the summer at least – or unless Suarez leaves.

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