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Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince revealed that he thinks Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit for the Reds, if they can afford him.
The Wales international finds himself in a sticky situation at the Santiago Bernabeu right now, after Zinedine Zidane brutally said that it would be ‘best for everyone’ if Bale left the Spanish capital.
That is easier said than done, however.
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Staggeringly, the former Tottenham forward earns £600k-a-week at Real Madrid, wages that he would presumably find very hard to get elsewhere in the top European leagues.
The 51-year-old said: “My opinion is if Liverpool can afford him, he should go there.
“Bale can play right, left or central. If I was looking at a team if they could afford him, it would be Liverpool. He needs to re-invent himself as a player and play football week in, week out.
“Who else could afford him? Man City maybe, Man United and I don’t think Tottenham would be the right club. I would like to see him at Liverpool. He still has four or five years left. I think he’d be a perfect fit.”
Perfect: ‘Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.’
A ‘perfect’ fit suggests that there are no risks attached, and that the man who has scored 102 goals for Los Blancos would slot in seamlessly at Anfield.
That is far from the truth.
Astronomically high wages would presumably be tough for Liverpool to match – even if they did pay Bale that, rifts could potentially be caused within the squad and Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk would be more than entitled to ask for the same – so too could Sadio Mane.
Additionally, a player with this much baggage in terms of finances and obvious quality will need to play every possible minute, or questions will start to be asked about why he was signed.
Lastly, how could we forget about his injury problems? For a player earning what Bale does, you would want him to be available for every game, but the 6 foot 1 attacker has serious fitness issues – he missed nine games and had five separate spells out injured last term.
Bale would be far from a perfect fit.