At one stage of his career, Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao was one of the most deadly strikers in the world. However, after spells in France and England his reputation has been torn apart. The Independent has linked Liverpool with a move for the Colombian striker recently, but if they want to progress as a club they need to avoid the former Atletico Madrid man.
Unlike most of Liverpool’s recent targets, there is no desperate need for Brendan Rodgers' side to qualify for the Champions League to have a chance of signing him. Falcao has made it a habit of late to sign for clubs who are not in Europe’s top competition.
What should alarm Liverpool and their fans is how these teams progress and improve without Falcao in their attacking line-up.
Atletico Madrid went on to win La Liga and play in the Champions League final without Falcao, Monaco finished second to Paris Saint-Germain during his injury, but have gone on to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s top competition without the Colombian.
At Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal’s side have improved as the season has gone on and the time Falcao spends on the pitch has decreased.
Falcao is the same type of striker as Mario Balotelli, the whole team needs to be based around him and his needs. His movement in the box is still excellent, but he won't put in the effort outside of the area to help his team and create his own chances.
His name is still seen as a marquee signing, but in reality the man who, in domestic league matches, has only scored 11 goals in 40 games – going back to September 2013 – is just not the player he once was.
Liverpool have Divock Origi joining in the summer, if they can find a buyer for Balotelli and bring someone in with experience as well as the ability to play 25+ games next season, they will be in a much better position than if they sign Falcao this summer.