Liverpool are closing in on Champions League football next season, and should they succeed, Brendan Rodgers will have the stern task of readying his side for the many dangers that lie ahead, with reinforcements certainly needed.
According to the latest reports, Liverpool are showing a keen interest in Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan, who is a long-term target of Manchester United.
The Argentine attacker would be a top signing for the Reds, for four main reasons:
Rodgers has a penchant for signing players with strong technical abilities. Gaitan is fast, skilful, has a keen eye for a pass and is a good crosser of the ball. The 26-year-old is gifted and would surely improve Liverpool immensely.
Gaitan can play on either flank, and as an attacking midfielder as well. His versatility would add an extra dimension to the attacking department, which is already Liverpool’s strongest area.
His addition would bolster the first team allowing Rodgers to work on improving the squad players in the side gradually.
Gaitan has been playing in European competition since 2010, and at 26, he is just ripe for the picking, with his blend of youth and experience potentially ideal for Liverpool.
Rodgers has been interested in FC Dnipro’s Yehven Konoplyanka, but for a similar price, Gaitan’s European pedigree must put him ahead of the relatively inexperienced Ukrainian.
A Statement of Intent
In the last few years, apart from the signing of Luis Suarez, Liverpool haven’t really splashed the cash on a potential world beater; one that was playing at the top of his game. It’s a bit like going to Cheltenham and not placing a bet on a winner – if you’re at the races you’ve got to play. And now that Liverpool have the performances to get them improved revenue streams, they seem to have the confidence to gamble their money as well.
Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho were struggling at their respective clubs when they were brought in, while Liverpool certainly paid over the odds for young talents like Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson.
The signing of Gaitan would send a strong message to rival clubs that Liverpool are capable attracting top players, especially if they are able to snatch him from under the noses of Manchester United.