According to reports in the Metro Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will turn to Besiktas bad-boy Ricardo Quaresma in a bid to turn the Anfield clubs fortunes around.
Quaresma has spent 2 years in Turkey after his £6m move from Inter to Besiktas in June 2010. Since then his career has been embroiled in controversy, his first year at Besiktas marred by an on-pitch fight with team-mate Nihat.
Three weeks later he was officially suspended after an altercation with then-manager Carlos Carvalhal in the dressing room following a Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Most recently it is a spat with Besiktas chairman Fikret Orman over his refusal to sign a contract extension. Quaresma is currently training with the club’s youth team after the ugly spat with the chairman last week, in which Orman told the player he would ‘finish his career’ during the row over the winger’s refusal to pen a contract extension.
The indiscipline has not put Rodgers off as he searches for solutions to Liverpool’s current poor run of results despite some good performances most notably against the two Manchester clubs.
Rodger’s tried to bring in the Portuguese winger in the summer but refused to meet the £7m asking price. Quaresma’s refusal to sign a new deal however has reignited Liverpool’s interest as they prepare to open up pre-contract agreement talks in January, meaning Quaresma would join Liverpool on a free transfer next summer. The papers believing the lack of transfer fee allows Liverpool to match his current £80,000p/w wages.
Quaresma is also keen to prove himself in the Premier League after a dismal loan spell with Chelsea in 2010. Is Quaresma really an improvement on Liverpool’s current crop of talent?
Well from what I seen of him at Chelsea in 2010, no, BUT maybe under the right manager and at the right club he could fulfill the potential that clubs like Chelsea and Inter Milan saw in him during his time with Porto.
He doesn’t really address Liverpool’s problem however, the lack of strikers and goals in the squad. Quaresma has only scored 9 goals since 2008 during spell with Inter, Chelsea and Besiktas. Maybe he can put more chances on a plate for Borini and Suarez? Well perhaps, he has good dribbling ability and can put dangerous crosses into the penalty area but the main problem is Liverpool have no one to finish the chances.
Would he turn Liverpool’s fortunes around? Most likely not, but on a free transfer next summer OR perhaps a transfer in January for a nominal fee he would be worth a shot but don’t get your hopes up.