There is a Real Madrid player who is well suited to Liverpool's style of counter attacking football.
‘Kings of the Counter Attack’ is how Spanish newspaper Marca has described Real Madrid’s win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League earlier this week.
A lone strike from forward Karim Benzema was enough to give Los Blancos the advantage going into the second game, as the Frenchman continues to be linked with a summer exit from the Bernabeu.
“Real Madrid won with the familiar strategy of a water-tight defence and swift counter-attacking.’Los Blancos' used the tactic to overcome a Bayern side which dominated possession and despite having the ball for extremely long periods of time, only created one clear chance, deep into the second-half,” writes Santiago Segurola.
There is an English team which has adopted a very similar style of play to the one we saw from Real Madrid earlier this week; Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool.
Liverpool’s football is based around quick passing and pace on the counter attack, which hurts sides with slow defenders who get caught out of position.
It’s one of the oldest tactics in football but a system which has allowed the Reds to absorb a lot of pressure and hurt sides, stealing results which have contradicted the overall flow and theme of a game.
So if Benzema is looking for a way out this summer, why not Liverpool?
He’d be joining a side potentially defending a Premier League title, with Champions League football in the bank and a team which uses a style perfectly suited to the way he’s been successful at Real Madrid.
Benzema is not the most mobile or quickest of strikers, he’s a poacher and gets into good positions which allows him to take advantage of the good work in other areas of the team; 22 goals and 14 assists in La Liga and Champions League football suggests he must be doing something right.
The stumbling block to a potential £20 million deal falls in the form of the SAS partnership and the idea that Benzema is unlikely to want to play second fiddle or sit on the bench.
There is no chance that any attacking signing this summer will start ahead of SAS next season. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have driven Liverpool to their current position and they deserve the chance to lead the attack next year.
However, if Rodgers could pull off a deal for Benzema, not only would it be a quality, world class addition to Liverpool’s squad, it would be a serious statement to the club’s rivals.