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Liverpool: Gareth Bale urged to join European champions by Paul Ince

Liverpool: Gareth Bale urged to join European champions by Paul Ince - Liverpool

Former Liverpool player Paul Ince has urged Real Madrid outcast, Gareth Bale, to sign for the Anfield club, amid lucrative interest from teams in China.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live podcast Football Daily, Ince said: “If Liverpool could afford him, he should go to Liverpool. Bale can play on the right, he can play left and he can play central. They have got Origi and Shaqiri but are they good enough?

“It can’t be about money for Bale, he needs to go to a team who can win things – the European champions, the team that finished second in the Premier League.”

According to The Mirror, the 30-year-old has had an approach from Beijing Guoan, who are reportedly willing to offer him £1million a week, while fellow Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning are also interested in the Wales winger.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that he wants Bale out, with Sky Sports quoting him as saying “We hope he leaves soon; it would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.

In six seasons at the Bernabeu, Bale has made 231 appearances, scoring 102 goals (0.44 per game) and supplying 65 assists (0.28 per game) (via Transfermarkt) – tallies that are quite respectable.

He has won the Champions League four times in those six years, with Liverpool fans needing no reminding of his two-goal blitz in the 2018 final in Kiev.

Last season, though, he managed just 14 goals and seven assists in 42 appearances, averaging 0.33 goals and 0.17 assists per game, while The Telegraph reported that he had been jeered off the field by Real Madrid supporters during a difficult period in March.

Bale can play anywhere across the forward line but is mainly a right-winger, the position occupied by Mohamed Salah at Liverpool.

The Egypt forward scored 27 goals and supplied 13 assists in 52 games last season, an average of 0.52 goals and 0.25 assists per game.

Salah also trumps Bale in terms of his effectiveness and directness in the final third. The Liverpool man’s averages of 1.8 key passes and 2.1 dribbles per game far exceed Bale’s 0.6 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game (via WhoScored).

In an interview with Marca, former Wales manager Chris Coleman alluded to Bale’s ability to cut inside from the right flank and unleash a fearsome shot. Salah also has this in his locker, as he demonstrated to stunning effect with his goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in April.

Bale is a multiple European champion who has scored more than 100 goals for Real Madrid, which is no mean feat for a man who arrived with the burden of being then the world’s most expensive player.

His ability cannot be questioned but Liverpool already have a right-winger in Salah who is more prolific than Bale and better at taking on players, while also matching his capability for cutting inside and shooting from distance.

Plus, Jurgen Klopp has been focused on young players in this transfer window, signing 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg and linked by The Telegraph with a move for 16-year-old Harvey Elliott. Therefore, it seems unlikely that he would go for 30-year-old Bale, for whom there is no great need at Liverpool with Salah around.

Liverpool fans, do you agree with Ince’s view that Bale would be an ideal signing at Anfield? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below…

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