According to a recent report by Tuttomercatoweb, Liverpool are understood to have an agreement with Corinthians over the proposed January signing of striker Alexandre Pato.
Neither club have so far accepted or denied the rumours, prompting plenty of debate among Liverpool supporters as to whether he would be a good addition or not.
Well, on the basis of it, signing a player who left Europe to go back to his native Brazil may not be the best idea. However, Pato is an extreme case for a number of reasons.
The former AC Milan star succeeded at the San Siro, scoring 63 goals in 150 appearances in all competitions including a Serie A campaign with 15 strikes in 35 games.
Considering he isn’t an out-and-out striker, that’s a pretty commendable ratio.
During his time in Brazil, Pato has continued to score goals, showcase his dazzling talent and reminding fans in the country that at his best, he still has what it takes to represent the national team.
Links of a return to Europe have been rife for a while, and Liverpool would be making a wise decision by taking the gamble of bringing him to Merseyside during the January transfer window.
Newly-appointed boss Jurgen Klopp has been handed an unbalanced squad lacking in goals. He has admittedly made improvements in terms of fitness, but he’s in a losing battle when it comes to quality.
The Reds’ recent defeat to Crystal Palace highlighted an underlying problem at Anfield. Aside from the threat of Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge, where do the goals come from?
Philippe Coutinho has four, but beyond him attackers Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Jordon Ibe have yet to find the net while James Milner has just the one goal to his name.
Pato is a renowned goal scorer. Moreover, he can play in a deeper position behind a centre-forward and still contribute greatly in terms of goals and assists.
Without a bigger goal threat from deep, Klopp is destined to struggle with these current players.