Analysis: Liverpool should forget about signing Alvaro Negredo

Alvaro Negredo MCFC

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Alvaro Negredo.

As per a report in The Telegraph, Liverpool have sent a delegation to Spain in order to enquire about the availability of Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo.

The 29-year-old Spaniard has only recently joined the La Liga side on a permanent deal from Manchester City after spending the past 12 months on loan at the Mestalla Stadium.

However, a disappointing campaign has seen Valencia seek a quick sale, with reports suggesting a return to the Premier League could be back on the cards.

The Reds have already brought in Christian Benteke and Danny Ings this summer, yet sources from Spain close to the Telegraph suggest that Brendan Rodgers could be in the market for one more striker.

But should Negredo really be considered a target? The answer is a resounding no, taking into consideration a number of key factors which simply don’t quite add up.

  TeamGoalsShots per GameKey Passes per GameHeaders won per GameTake-ons per GameTackles per GameAppearances
Alvaro Negredo Valencia 5 1.8 0.7 3.2 0.3 0.2 30

As per the table above, Negredo experienced a poor campaign at Valencia and often struggled to break into the first-team line-up, losing out on a regular berth to the likes of Paco Alcacer.

Aside from his disappointing personal campaign, at 29 he is already regarded as reaching the peak of his career and buying him now wouldn’t allow the Reds to recoup much money on a potential resale.

Yet the biggest quirk is his style of play. Negredo is a target man, a player who likes the ball into his feet, capable of linking up play and getting on the end of crosses.

The Reds’ style under Rodgers couldn’t be much different, and surely the club will have learned from their ordeal with Italian international Mario Balotelli who has a similar skill set.

In a contrast of reports, only a matter of days ago the Mirror claimed the Reds declined the opportunity to sign him and on the balance of it, such a scenario appears much more believable.

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