ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has urged Liverpool not to pursue a move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco. According to reports from Spain, the Reds are keen on the 27-year-old, who has been previously touted with a move to the Premier League.
Spanish publication El Desmarque report that Isco has emerged as a potential target for Jurgen Klopp despite not solidifying a regular spot in Zinedine Zidane’s Galacticos.
It is suggested that the FIFA Coach of the Year is still looking to add some creativity to his world-conquering squad. The Reds are yet to add a player in the same of ilk of Philippe Coutinho who left Anfield for Barcelona in 2018.
Isco has started just 6 domestic league matches for the 13-time European Cup-winners this season. The 2012 Golden Boy is still yet to score for Los Blancos in either La Liga or the Champions League this campaign.
The report states that notorious Madrid president Florentino Perez is said to demand a fee of at least £59million (€70m) for Isco who has spent seven years at the Bernabeu since joining from fellow La Liga outfit Malaga for around £23m [BBC Sport].
It is also claimed that the club have already rejected a bid of £47m (€56m) from an unnamed club for Isco, who still has two years remaining on his Madrid contract which expires in 2022.
Former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, now a regular pundit for ESPN has expressed that he believes Isco would not fit the criteria of player Klopp and Liverpool should aspire for.
“I’m not sure about this one,” Hislop said. “I’m just trying to figure out exactly where he fits.
“Listen, don’t get me wrong, I love Isco as a player. But you also have to appreciate the balance to Liverpool right now.
“That’s the challenge with trying to assess Liverpool’s transfer targets, because that machine is so well oiled and everything just seems to work so perfectly together, who comes in to make them better?
“Right now, I’m just going to leave Liverpool as is and say it doesn’t really work despite how highly I think of Isco.”
What RTK has to say
Hislop is correct. Isco is an outstanding player and one certainly that would have got Kopites excited in the past. However, Liverpool are currently operating on a different level and the Spaniard is not the mould of player the Reds need to continue their domination of Europe.
Isco is in the peak years of his career and Liverpool need additions that will provide longevity for when their current world-class crop of players eventually begin to deteriorate.
Also, Klopp’s style of play doesn’t actually require a creative No.10 so to say. Liverpool have claimed 67 points from a possible 69 so far this season and that has largely been without a creative midfielder. The German prefers solidity and a relentless high pressing ability as opposed to a luxury player who can turn the odd game on its head.
As talented as Isco is, the reality is that he is struggling to maintain a regular spot in Madrid’s current team. If the prospects of regular football in La Liga are currently wearing thin for the Spain international then he will not find better fortunes at the home of the world and European champions.