After an excellent first season in Paris, the career of French international Jeremy Menez has stalled recently. Ever since his goal for France against Ukraine at Euro 2012, he has not quite hit the same heights, he has dropped down the pecking order at PSG and looks set to leave this summer.
Linked with moves back to Italy, with Roma, Juventus and AC Milan all interested, there is no doubt he will have multiple options on the table. One club that should look at him is Liverpool. Menez style and attitude would be perfect at Anfield, and he could quickly become a fan favourite under Brendan Rodgers.
Menez is not without his doubters. Even when he got 13 assists in his first season in Paris, he received criticism for his performances. Yes he could have passed more, yes he was not clinical in front of goal, but in Menez you get a player that is direct, can beat players, and he provides that little bit of spark and intelligence in the final third that you just cannot teach players.
As soon as he gets on the ball, Menez only has one thing in mind. He loves to take on defenders, and he loves to drive at them. In fact his style is so suited to the Premier League it is surprising that he has yet to grace England with his own brand of wing-play.
Liverpool already have the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, but in Jeremy Menez they would have a player desperate to prove he can play at that level, desperate to show PSG and Laurent Blanc that he is good enough to play at the highest level and a player willing to make a move to get back to playing in the Champions League.
Speaking to L’Equipe, it is obvious that Italy is his priority, but it does not rule out a move to England.
"I had a great year in Rome, I already speak the language," he said.
"I know the Serie A, I know everything about it. The adaptation would be easy. I am looking for a team that would make me rediscover the pleasure on the pitch.
As for my character, I've changed. The rebellious image of the past. I am 26 years old, my family makes me calm. I'm more mature and I can prove it on the field."
The player is still only 26 years old; he is definitely still in his prime and with the hunger and desire to prove his doubters wrong and he would be the perfect player for Rodgers to bring to Anfield. His style of play suits the way Liverpool are performing at the moment, his directness is similar to that of Luis Suarez, and he has the skill on the ball to dazzle and delight the Anfield faithful.
Paris Saint-Germain’s asking price should not be that high as they are reportedly looking to move on some of their high earners. And Liverpool will be keen to add some European experience to their young line-up.
There is nothing about this move that does not make sense. Menez is ready and able to become a hero in the Premier League, and it would be an opportunity missed if Rodgers does not at least take a chance on the Frenchman.