In Focus: Ramirez not the answer for Liverpool

Liverpool are considering a summer move for Middlesbrough attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez, according to tuttomercatoweb.com.

What’s the story?

Liverpool are likely to be regular features in the transfer gossip columns leading up to the summer window following their failure to strengthen in January.

A story coming out of Italy suggests that Ramirez could be on Jurgen Klopp’s wishlist.

Tuttomercatoweb reports that informal contact has already been made regarding a possible move that would take the Uruguayan to his third English club.

Ramirez came over to UK shores from Bologna to sign for Southampton in 2012, where he spent four years before signing for Middlesbrough.

The midfielder has featured 17 times for Boro this season, but it appears that he is not quite happy at the Riverside having handed in a transfer request in January.

Is Ramirez what Liverpool need?

In short, no. The Merseyside outfit could do with some cover in attacking areas when the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana are not available, but Ramirez is not the answer.

His career stuttered at Southampton, which resulted in loan spells at Hull and Middlesbrough before he joined Aitor Karanka’s team permanently last year.

Injuries have been a problem for the 26-year-old, who has scored nine Premier League goals and seven in the Championship since his arrival in England almost five years ago.

For Liverpool to challenge for top honours next season, they need to have the calibre of player to match, and while Ramirez does have good qualities, Klopp should be aiming higher in the market.

Not only that, Liverpool should prioritise recruiting defence-minded players as they have leaked 30 goals in 24 top-flight matches this season.