With the season drawing to a close in a fortnight – its no surprises that teams are already looking for reinforcements for next season. With the World Cup in June, clubs will look to sign up their targets before the extravaganza in Brazil to avoid unnecessary suitors and price rise.
Liverpool have been magnificent going forward this season. Scoring the most number of goals in the league and playing a brand of football that please the eye. However, if there was one position Brendan Rodgers‘ is in the dire need of quality and back-up of its – Left full-Back
While young Jon Flanagan, predominantly a right-back, has more than just filled in during the prolonged absence of Jose Enrique, the discomforting displays of loanee Aly Cissokho proves that the Reds need an upgrade.
Provided Liverpool convince the Bundesliga club to sell, Wolfsburg’s Swiss international Ricardo Rodriguez would be a pretty impressive coup and a far better upgrade for the club than the full-backs since the departure of John Arne Riise.
Compared to every other Bundesliga player, only Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribéry (8.45) has a higher WhoScored.com rating than Rodriguez (8.14) this season, providing an indicator how brilliant the Swiss has been performing in Germany’s top tier. A very dominating aspect of Rodriguez game is his tendency to break forward with intent and with Brendan Rodgers deploying the midfield diamond more often than not it would allow Rodriguez to utilise his vast attacking ability, his impressive crossing and dribbling to get forward every time.
Rodriguez averages 3.2 tackles per game, a return only Lucas (3.9) and Flanagan (3.4) can better in the Liverpool team. A quality that quite often seems to go missing with Reds right back Glen Johnson. However, tactically adept at adjusting to a back-5 or a normal back-4 Rodriguez doesn’t only provide cover for the injured Jose Enrique but also possesses the quality to go beyond and establish himself as Liverpool’s first choice full-back.
Still only 21 and enjoying a season that has won him a number of admirers, should the club be able to snare the youngster from Wolfsburg before the World Cup, his signing could be one of the best for next season.
At around 15 million Ricardo Rodriguez is a gem that may well be unearthed in the World Cup this June.