Rafa should consider unsettled Man City winger as an affordable potential signing.
Manchester City winger Martin Petrov has expressed his frustration at being left on the bench.
The Bulgarian missed out on the 1-1 draw at Villa Park on Monday despite bagging a goal and an assist against West Ham the week before, and is beginning to lose patience at Eastlands.
Petrov, who signed from Atletico Madrid in 2007, pointed at his number after his goal against the Hammers, but the 30-year-old insists it was not aimed at manager Mark Hughes.
“No, I didn’t do it for him (Hughes),” he said. “I did it for my wife because she forgot my number.
“When they give me a chance I give my best. I think I’ve shown that I deserve a place in the starting line-up but it’s up to him.
“It’s not a pleasant situation. I’m a professional and I’m observing my obligations but it doesn’t rest well with me.”
The Bulgarian is currently preparing for his country’s last two World Cup qualifiers against Cyprus and Georgia, which they must win to have a chance of a play-off place. (Sky Sports)
I guess it depends on what side of the Albert Riera fence you stand but personally I don’t think that our Spanish winger is quite good enough for a team aiming for the highest honours both domestically and on the continent. Occasionally you see glimpses of real quality from the former Espanyol man but all too often he fails to deliver and I am of the opinion that Ryan Babel’s future lies as an out and out striker, either alongside El Nino or as cover (dependent on the opposition).
Martin Petrov is a player I have always had a soft spot for. He is exciting and direct and the 30 year old is still fit and fast enough to play for a few more seasons yet and he will find it increasingly hard to find a spot in the moneybags City side and he is a player who would not blow our somewhat limited transfer funds and he is experienced enough to know how to play in big time games, something Riera spectacularly fails to do (bar the Man United game at Anfield last term).
We could snap him up for a fee in the region of £6m and of course he is not cup tied in the Champions League so could well be useful if we chose to raid Man City in January. Obviously this is just one Liverpool fan’s opinion, but I do believe that a player with Petrov’s drive and skill he could provide a useful level of ammunition for Fernando Torres as well as score a fair few himself.