By Mobeen Kamran
With club legend Jamie Carragher will be retiring at the end of the season and with Martin Skrtel not playing at his best Liverpool are in desperate need of a Center back if they are to even think of qualifying for the CL.
Two names that have been strongly linked with Liverpool F.C are Ajax’s Toby Alderweireld and Vasco Da Gama’s Dede.
I think either one can be signed for the following reasons:
1. European experience
Alderweireld plays for Ajax a team that wins the Dutch league every year. A team that has produced some of the best players in Europe and has won the CL four times. To play for a team like that gives Alderweireld a big advantage over Dede. Dede will take some time to settle into the side time that Liverpool do not have. Lucas leiva took over two years to finally come good for LFC and Dede could take longer.
2. Presence of a huge center-half
Since the beginning of the season Liverpool have struggled against teams that have had a big center-forward, in fact one of the reasons Liverpool lost to Oldham Athletic, Stoke City, Aston Villa was the inability of coping with the huge front line that these teams possessed. And standing at 1.93m Dede can end the problem.
While Dede can only play as a center-half Toby Alderweireld has the ability to play as a full-back an ability that could be very useful during a long season in which many players could get injured.
4. Buying players directly from Brazil is a gamble
Buying players outside of Europe is a huge example especially Brazilian players if you take the example of Robinho who was bought from Santos by Real Madrid for 24 million euros only managed to score 25 goals in over a hundred league games. Even Neymar has failed to impress with Brazil and in his performance against mexico last year led to Pele who once said Neymar is better than Leo Messi criticizing him.
5. It can pay off
Two players were signed from Brazil and went on to become legends of the game, the two players are Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Even Lucas Moura and Oscar from Chelsea are showing signs of becoming great players in the future.
6. Promise of goals
Check out the following videos to see some spectacular goals from Dede and Toby Alderweireld: