James Rodriguez shows Liverpool why they need him

Much was said about Liverpool’s failure to find a replacement for Philippe Coutinho in the January window following the playmaker’s move to Barcelona.

The Brazilian was not hugely missed due to the dominance of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in attack.

However, there were moments during the second half of the season when the Reds could have done with Coutinho’s trickery in order to get over the line in frustrating matches.

Nabil Fekir was widely expected to fill the subtle void, but after the deal allegedly collapsed, alternatives have been mooted in the media.

One that should be under consideration is James Rodriguez, who has been a Real Madrid player since 2014 but is currently on a two-year loan at Bayern Munich.

On Sunday, while representing Colombia at the World Cup in Russia, the 26-year-old, who has won five league titles in his career, proved why he can be vital to a team.

James Rodriguez stats v Poland

The attacking midfielder created two of the goals in his nation’s 3-0 rout over Poland, which sent their opponents out of the World Cup.

Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado produced the most key passes out of the Colombia team during the fixture, and only three players had a better passing accuracy than the Bayern star.

When Liverpool’s forward trio are not firing, they need someone who can pick up the slack, as well as create moves that result in goals.

Rodriguez could be that player, and the Reds should certainly be keeping a close eye on him.