Spanish star the subject of bid from Anfield.
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Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has claimed on Spanish radio that he was the subject of a late bid from Liverpool as they searched for a replacement for Fernando Torres.
“Liverpool came to Bilbao to try and buy me but the club wouldn’t sell,” the 6’4″ World Cup winner with Spain said in his interview.
Llorente has proven himself effective against top level defences.
Spain and Portugal appeared to be playing out a dour stalemate in the second round of the 2010 World Cup before Llorente came on for Fernando Torres after 58 minutes.
The 25 year-old’s sheer presence unsettled the Portuguese defence of Real Madrid centre backs Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe, and he kept them occupied all game before David Villa scored.
Andy Carroll also possesses a similar physique, but does not yet possess the same international pedigree; Llorente has 7 goals from 13 appearances for Spain – many from the bench.
However, Carroll is almost 4 years younger than his Spanish counterpart (who turns 26 later this month), and could be argued to have at least equal potential.
Clearly Liverpool were seeking a player in the John Toshack role to Luis Suarez’s Kevin Keegan, and if Carroll and Suarez can strike up a similar understanding their partnership could flourish.
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