Liverpool fans woke up this morning to reports from Spain claiming the Reds were in early negotiations to sign Victor Valdes at the end of the current campaign.
The Barcelona goalkeeper will be leaving the Nou Camp in the summer, and despite reports linking him with both Monaco and Manchester City, the Spanish international’s future remains a mystery.
Diario Sport have now claimed that Liverpool are hoping to secure the 32-year-old, which raises questions over the future of current Reds number one Simon Mignolet, and also begs the question: is Valdes a considerably better option than Pepe Reina, who looks likely to depart Anfield permanently in the coming months but who is for now under contract at Anfield until 2016.
But while the speculation is currently just that, the signing of Valdes would suggest Brendan Rodgers is well aware of what could be just around the corner for his side.
With Champions League football tantalisingly close, and with a league title not out of the question, the Reds could soon go from best-of-the-rest to best-of-the-bunch domestically, and ensure they are challenging themselves against Europe’s elite once more.
If that is the case, they will need both experience and class throughout their side, and few ‘keepers are as experienced as Valdes when it comes to title-winning sides and Champions League battles.
While Rodgers has youth firmly on his side in the form of an outstanding young crop of footballers coming through the Anfield ranks, he also needs the very best in order to compete with the game's elite.
While Valdes’s arrival would not please Mignolet, it could ensure the Reds enjoy sustained success rather than temporary joy. And with the young players developing, and Luis Suarez committed for the long-term, it could be a very bright future for the Reds and all associated with them.
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