Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool should have signed Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao

Mark Lawrenson says that Liverpool should have signed former Manchester United loanee Radamel Falcao this summer.

Well-known BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes that his former club Liverpool should have made a move for Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao, The Sun reports.

The Reds have bolstered their attacking options this summer, bringing in Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino while welcoming the return of loaned-out forward Divock Origi.

With a top-four finish in the Premier League very much the main objective next season, the Anfield outfit needed to add a cutting edge and more goals to their game, and it appears they have gone someway to doing just that.

Lawrenson, however, remains sceptical and feels that his former club should have made a move for Falcao despite his disappointing 2014-15 campaign with rivals Manchester United.

“Liverpool are gonna struggle to get into the top four again and the top four now are only going to get stronger. I’d have gone for Falcao — £7m on a loan? I would have taken him,” he explained to The Sun.

“Jose Mourinho is pulling off a masterstroke. He played with Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid so I think it’s a bonus, I really do.”

Have Liverpool missed an opportunity with Radamel Falcao?

The Colombian international’s pedigree can’t be faulted, but his disappointing campaign at United wasn’t so much linked with his goal-scoring ability but more his movement and turn of pace.

Falcao's lengthy injury spell without doubt removed a key element of his game, and the Reds’ success in 2013-14 under Brendan Rodgers came from having strikers who were willing to press and move.

Mario Balotelli clearly isn’t that type of striker, and it’s possible to suggest that Falcao would have gone the same way with injury hindering his movement and eagerness to chase lost causes.

At Chelsea, Jose Mourinho doesn’t play that sort of style and partnering him up front or somewhere off Diego Costa will suit his attributes and may see him regain his top form with the Blues.

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