Reda want Sporting Lisbon’s Marcus Rojo…
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Liverpool are keen on signing Sporting Lisbon defender Marcus Rojo, and have been tracking his progress this season closely.
According to the Metro, the Reds want to sign the 24-year-old Argentina international to solve the problem left-back position.
This term, Brendan Rodgers’ side have badly missed a top notch player to play on the left of the defence. Jose Enrique has been injured for virtually the entire season, loanee Frenchman Aly Cissokho has not been up to scratch, and while young Englishman Jon Flanagan has done well in the position – he’s more comfortable playing as a right-back.
As a result, the Reds have been watching Rojo’s progress in Portugal closely. In 24 top flight appearances this season, Rojo has shone – bagging four goals and impressing everyone with his barnstorming presence up the left flank.
Rojo spent the early part of his career in his homeland in Argentina with Estudiantes, before Spartak Moscow gave him an opportunity to test his mettle in Europe. It’s with Sporting Lisbon, whom he joined in 2012, that he’s truly impressed though, and his performances since arriving means he’ll be Argentina’s starting left-back at the World Cup if he stays fit.
Sporting have placed a sizeable £25m release clause in Rojo’s contract, and while Liverpool are prepared to spend big money this summer, the asking price is still steep.
Rodgers’ scouts have sent him glowing reports on Rojo though, and the Reds are expected to bid for his services. Liverpool have also been linked with Southampton’s Luke Shaw, and Sevilla’s young Spaniard Alberto Moreno, although it appears now that Rojo is the first choice option.
The left-back is quick, but he uses this offensively more than defensively as his positioning is usually excellent.
Technically, he’s more than capable, which will suit Liverpool’s style under Rodgers, as the manager encourages players to retain possession and look to pass the ball short rather than long.
While Rojo is good with the ball at his feet, he may struggle early on to get used to the physicality of the Premier League, although he undoubtedly has the talent to develop and improve at Anfield.
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