Transfer Focus: Signing Rodriguez would stray far away from Liverpool’s masterplan

Liverpool are reportedly interested in James Rodriguez, but the Reds should steer well clear of the Colombian international.

What’s the story?

Well, according to The Mirror, both Liverpool and Arsenal want to sign Rodriguez.

The 2014 World Cup sensation has been on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid for the past two seasons, but the German outfit will not make the move permanent, confirmed chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

According to the report, the Reds want the 27 year-old as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

Not a Klopp signing

There’s no question that Liverpool need more creativity in midfield, and Rodriguez certainly has it.

Across 324 appearances in Europe with Porto, Monaco, Madrid and Munich, the playmaker has set up 115 goals, while also grabbing 93 of his own, per Transfermarkt.

However, he has struggled with fitness, focus and consistency since his move to Madrid in 2014, and there must be doubts over his ability to perform at a big club.

Jurgen Klopp values the spirit and mentality of his players as much as their footballing ability, and quite frankly, Rodriguez only ticks one of the boxes.

A luxury player with tremendous talent, huge wages, a bad injury history and no promise or evidence of truly performing at the highest level, perhaps a certain club 30 miles down the M62 may be interested.