95% pass accuracy, three tackles - Liverpool free agent target impresses

Liverpool target Martin Montoya got his chance for Barcelona last night and didn't let the league leaders down.

Martin Montoya is now free to enter negotiations with clubs with his contract set to expire in the summer, with Liverpool prominently linked.

The Mirror reported last week that the right-back is stalling on a new deal at Barcelona, but also claim Liverpool face competition from Inter Milan.

The talented 22-year-old has his reasons for wanting to leave the La Liga giants, a clear lack of opportunities.

He has made eight La Liga starts from a possible 18 this season, and wants a club where he is going to be a clear first choice.

This is where Liverpool is likely to be a tough sell, with Glen Johnson in the position, but the Reds will hope to persuade him he is their future rather than the 29-year-old.

Montoya was called back into action as La Liga resumed last night, and helped Barcelona to a clean sheet over Elche in a 4-0 win, with Alexis Sanchez bagging a hat-trick.

He played all 90 minutes and was the figure of consistency, completing 95 per cent of his passes, the joint highest percentage of players in the side - equal to Xavi and Pedro.

Montoya made three tackles, with only left-back Jordi Alba making more with four, as Barcelona dominated their opponents.

Barcelona enjoyed 64 per cent of possession, and fired 13 shots on goal, with Montoya and the defence only allowing Elche to make three shots - none of which were on target.

Montoya was only playing because first choice right-back Dani Alves was ruled out with a fever, but he did himself no harm with his performance.

With his future up for discussion, a timely reminder of how enjoyable it is for him to play for Barcelona may well weigh on his mind.

For clubs interested in signing him like Liverpool - they are unlikely to have seen anything to dissuade them from the fact he would be an outstanding addition on a free transfer.

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