Anfield club will not go against new philosohphy.
Liverpool are set to go up against Juventus in the battle to sign Portuguese international centre-back Bruno alves, playing with with Zenit Saint-Petersbourg.
It has been reported that the 29 year old was Juventus bound, however it now appears, according to reports in Italy, that Juventus face strong opposition from Liverpool who are looking to add Alves experience to their defence.
Alves is noted for his strength, tough tackling and aerial ability. He spent most of his professional career at F.C. Porto, winning a total of nine titles, seven as first-choice.
On 3 August 2010, aged 28, Alves signed with Russian Premier League’s FC Zenit for €22 million, joining compatriots Danny and Fernando Meira in the squad. Upon his arrival, head coach Luciano Spalletti described him as a very important player for the team, noting his experience, ability in the air and strong character.
No fee has been mentioned but it is thought that at least £20 Million will be required to even tempt Zenit in to opening up negotiations.
Not only do the spelling(Petersbourg) and grammatical (alves) errors make this story unlikely to be true but also this will go against the new Liverpool mantra.
Since Kenny Dalglish has returned as manager he has, rightly or wrongly, pursued a philosophy of buying young British players (Luis Suarez and Jose Enrique the exceptions).
So why would he change that to buy a 29-year-old Portuguese international who is valued at £20million?
There are better options around in Europe for that sort of money: Dortmund’s Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels for starters.
But Liverpool are in dire need of strengthening elsewhere, with another striker to support Suarez and Andy Carroll needed and even one more winger.
So Liverpool fans do not panic, the arrival of Bruno Alves is as unlikely as Jason Roberts getting a game for Barcelona.