Dani Alves v Martin Montoya - who should Liverpool try to sign?

Dani Alves

Liverpool are reportedly interested in Barcelona right backs Dani Alves and Martin Montoya.

Liverpool's season just hasn't got going so far, with just four wins from the first 11 games of the season, and only 14 Premier League goals scored.

Brendan Rodgers splashed out over £100m on new talent this summer, bringing Javi Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert to Anfield.

So far, few of those new signings have impressed, and despite signing three defenders, many fans would argue that the defence is worse than it was last season - which ultimately cost Liverpool the title.

The right back situation remains a concern for Rodgers, despite the arrival of Atletico Madrid youngster Manquillo on a two-year loan deal.

The Spaniard has yet to really impress, whilst John Flanagan has been out injured throughout the season and Glen Johnson is out of contract next summer.

That has led to speculation that Rodgers will target a move for one of Dani Alves and Martin Montoya, but which of the Barcelona right backs would be a better signing?

Alves, 31, is out of contract at the end of this season, and has already told Brazilian press that his next move will be to an English club.

Whilst the Brazilian isn't at the peak of his powers anymore, he can still contribute going forward, and on a free transfer, Liverpool could try to get something out of him in the final years of his career.

However, in 23-year-old Montoya, they'd be getting a player with a point to prove. He's been stuck behind Alves in the pecking order for some time now, playing just 55 games in the last four seasons.

A former Spain under-21 international, Montoya may not be the swashbuckling wing back that Alves is, but he's a steady hand in attack and in defence, and has his best years ahead of him.

Forking out huge wages for a player past his best would be poor business from Liverpool and Rodgers, but in Montoya they could land a player who is just desperate for an opportunity to show what he can do - and finally step out of Alves' shadow.

Rodgers has shown that he would rather develop young players, and this situation should be no different - Montoya is the better options.

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