Liverpool Approach Barca: Can Rodgers Seriously Land David Villa?

Liverpool seem to be at the heart of all transfer rumours now that the window has closed. Today is no different, with Brendan Rodgers now reportedly desperate to add the restless Barcelona striker David Villa.

According to a report in Spain David Villa is upset at the Nou Camp and could be itching for a move with Liverpool in the driving seat. reports that Villa is upset at being an errand boy at Barcelona, an attitude that has recently led to a bust up with Lionel Messi in the Nou Camp dressing room. The Spanish forward has only just returned to Tito Vilanova’s side having recovered from injury yet there remain questions as to whether he can win his place back in the squad with Vilanova preferring Messi in a striker’s role. Ergo, Villa is looking for a new home.

Yet should the prospect of the Barcelona number 7 moving to Liverpool get Reds’ fans excited? In my opinion no. This is not the first time that Liverpool have been linked to the Spanish forward and it most likely won’t be the last. For now, Kopites should not get their hopes just yet and for two reasons.

Firstly, if Villa did become available then no doubt Liverpool woud be interested. However whether they would be able to compete for the Spaniard’s signature is a completely different question. Currently, Liverpool do not have the financial power to go head to head with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal. Revenues are tight at Anfield and with the new regime making it perfectly clear that they don’t want to spend ridiculous sums on players, Liverpool could struggle to outmatch their rivals in the transfer market and when it comes to personal demands.

Secondly, even if Liverpool did have the financial power to lure Villa to Merseyside would he really want to go? For too long Liverpool have been able to purchase players on the back of their history of success, yet this is something we have to completely forget about now. Liverpool are currently playing in the second tier of European competition whilst sitting in the relegation zone in the Premier League. Although we expect their domestic form to have improved come January, Liverpool are certainly not in a position to compete against Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United or even Newcastle and Tottenham arguably.

Liverpool may be interested in securing the services of David Villa, yet the real question should be is the Spaniard realistically interested in a move to the North West? With the lack of Champions League football, new manager, philosophy and influx of young players I highly doubt it. Villa isn’t getting any younger and I would take a wild guess and suggest he is more interesting in enjoying more success in the twilight of his career, not helping a new start rebuild from the bottom.

In short, Villa is looking for a place to enjoy the final years of his career whilst winning games and trophies. For a Liverpool fan its sad to say that Brendan Rodgers can’t offer Villa such glory at the twilight of his illustrious career.

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