So Rafa ended the summer transfer window with a new winger signing in the form of Espanyol’s Albert Riera, but should he have opted for one of these three instead of the former Manchester City loanee?
Derided for filling too many rumour mill column inches over the past year or two, the Portuguese international finally signed up with Inter Milan. Whilst it may be true that over the past few weeks Jose Mourinho may have had the upper hand, Rafa could maybe have moved earlier for the former Porto man. In the end he cost the Serie A champions just over £13m, which could be seen as better value than the £9m used to sign Riera. After all, Ricardo has an abundance of Champions League experience and an international level pedigree whereas Albert doesn’t.
The Sevilla man is an exciting player who, at just twenty, can only get better and better. Made his international debut in recent weeks and looked awesome. Sevilla may well have fought off any deal from Rafa, but the Liverpool boss is known to be a fan and, if a sufficient bid was lodged, it would be hard to believe that the left winger wouldn’t been tempted to jump ship. He could well be a player that the Merseysiders may keep an eye on for the future.
Joined Aston Villa for £12m and was said to be very close to an Anfield move a month or so ago. Said to be the catalyst of Kevin Keegan’s recent falling out with the Newcastle board, Milner placed himself on the transfer list, maybe realising the problems that were about to beset the north-east side. I would imagine that if Benitez has pursued the former Leeds star and lodged a similar bid, then Milner would be wearing a Liverpool shirt now, but clearly Rafa believes that Albert Riera is a more suitable purchase for his side. I believe the 22-year-old shows more promise and would have been a better buy.
Are Liverpool fans hopeful that Riera will inspire a more fluid attacking style or should Rafa have opted for another wideman signing?