Agent says Liverpool target is not happy on bench - Time to make a move?

Udinese

Young talent isn’t enjoying the view from the bench at the Stadio Friuli.

Last week we brought you this story of Liverpool’s reported interest in Udinese’s Luis Muriel.

The Reds have looked desperate to add quality out wide in attack for some time now, seeing hopes of landing Yevhen Konoplyanka scuppered in January.

Muriel possesses the pace and trickery to be that man, boasting the prestigious Serie A Young Footballer of the Year Award from 2012 on his CV.

Yet this season, the Colombian has suffered a dip in form. Udinese coach Francesco Guidonlin has handed him just 10 Serie A starts - none since late February.

And according to his agent Helmut Wennin, Muriel isn’t thrilled with his lack of playing time in the north east of Italy - even if Guidolin has the final say.

“He wants to play more, especially now that the World Cup is approaching,” Wennin told fichajes.com.

“Nobody is happy sitting on the bench and he is no exception, but we must respect the decision of the coach.

“We hope he can play more in the coming games.”

Of course, Muriel’s representative is addressing short term concerns over minutes here.

However, if the situation doesn’t improve in the run-in, what’s to say the 22-year-old won’t push for a transfer this summer?

And Liverpool would be an attractive destination. Champions League football would necessitate a bigger squad, meaning there should be plenty of minutes to go around at Anfield next season.

Further, Brendan Rodgers has earned a reputation for helping talented youngsters find their feet.

The case of Philippe Coutinho stands out in particular in view of Muriel - the Brazilian struggled at Inter, but has unlocked his potential at Anfield over the past 14 months.

Wennin’s comments may be the signal for Liverpool to pounce. Merseyside would be a place the Colombian could flourish. And if the Reds’ reported interest in him is genuine, it appears their timing could be just right to make a move.

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