With Liverpool reported on and off as being interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, are the Reds finally out of the race to sign the Colombian and were they ever in such a race?

Firstly, we need to discuss Liverpool’s need for attacking midfielders.

Regardless of the undeniable quality that James Rodriguez possesses, is there really a need for another attacking midfielder at Liverpool?

I would say no. What is needed is a defensive midfielder and given the amount of money that would be required to sign Rodriguez, that would be better served being spent trying to sign RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita.

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Respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague suggested that Liverpool had an interest in Rodriguez only 10 days ago but admitted that the Reds are ‘realistic’ about their targets for this summer.

He said, “Of course they are (interested), but they aren’t the only one. Liverpool are realistic and I think they realise James is looking for a different type of team.”

 

It’s very much a case of a journo mincing his words so as to have a foot in the door regardless of the outcome.

Whatever the case is, however, Liverpool should steer clear as it’s a deal which will not suit the club and will cost an absolute fortune.

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Thankfully, Don Balon reported yesterday that Liverpool are out of the race to sign Rodriguez with Manchester United and Arsenal remaining as his only suitors.

Liverpool need defensive reinforcements this season before anything else and if the club can sign the likes of Naby Keita and Virgil Van Dijk then next season will be one to remember.

The Reds’ Champions League qualification campaign is looking promising after difficult back to back wins over Stoke City and West Brom. Being able to offer European football next season is essential to attracting and holding onto star players.

But James Rodriguez should be no part of any of that.

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