Carlos Zambrano has some issues to deal with according to German site Sport Bild.
Whenever a story about defensive reinforcements for Liverpool comes around, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Carlos Zambrano gets a mention.
The 24-year-old Peruvian is one of the most consistent defenders in the Bundesliga but Sport Bild has run a report which reveals the reason why Liverpool may never have pursued their interest in him; his bad boy image.
“Many neutral fans upset with the harsh, often unfair game play of the Peruvian,” reads part of the opening of Sport Bild’s report.
There’s no harm in owning players who push the boundaries because every club owns an individual like that.
Where it becomes a problem is how it directly affects the team such as bookings and when a defender is overly aggressive in training, which can result in injuries and knocks to other key players.
Zambrano has been booked nine times in 17 games this season for Frankfurt which suggests he doesn’t always get away with underhand tactics or where he’s trying to be clever to gain an advantage.
“There is the football 'stupid bastards' and 'clever bastards'. Zambrano is likely one of the second category. I also like his acting talent – He is the clear contender for the next James Bond villain for me,” columnist and comedian Henni Nachtsheim.
Rodgers is trying to develop a squad at Anfield around reliable, consistent and trustworthy players. Zambrano is a good defender and even though he’d clearly inject passion into the Liverpool squad, he has some football issues based on these comments.
Issues which could cost Liverpool were they to invest in him for his apparent attitude to remain unchanged.
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