He’s been labelled a Premier League flop, but that has not stopped rumours circulating that Radamel Falcao will be on his way to Anfield at the end of this season.
For many, this is a bit of a left field rumour. A Manchester United player joining Liverpool is almost unheard of these days as there is definitely no love lost between the two sides.
Regardless of a deep routed rivalry, if Falcao were to join Liverpool, is there a danger of him being the Reds’ next Mario Balotelli?
It is no secret that Falcao has not lived up to the expectation this season. But let’s not forget this player regrettably missed the World Cup due to injury. The World Cup brought James Rodriguez to the forefront of football fans’ minds, and even secured him a move to Real Madrid.
Falcao’s injury has plagued him ever since. He has not been fully fit for large chunks of the season, but despite not being on form, he has still managed four assists and four goals for goals for Van Gaal’s men. He has been somewhat of a let down, but he does not get the minutes needed to make a real difference on the pitch.
But would Liverpool really sign a Manchester United player? Unlikely. The rivalry runs all too deep. Manchester United fans may not want him any longer, but do Liverpool want a player who isn’t scoring goals, and played at Old Trafford? It would be a bad move.
Liverpool are also linked with Burnley striker Danny Ings and QPR goal machine Charlie Austin. They should try to move for these players, as one or even both could be set for life in the Championship if their respective sides cannot win their battles for Premier League survival.
Falcao and his £43million price tag currently appears to be too much of a gamble, particularly if you see how Balotelli turned out, and he only cost Liverpool £16million.
Falcao needs another venture where he can thrive, and more importantly, play first team football. But Liverpool, and perhaps even the Premier League, certainly isn’t it.