United didn’t work out. Sloppy seconds with Chelsea went even worse. Could it be third time lucky with Liverpool? Bear with me. Falcao to Liverpool isn’t an insane idea. Critics will argue that two failed stints in the English game show the Colombian is not cut out for the Premier League. That argument is not entirely fair. There are reasons for Falcao to be given a third chance. Is there a more suitable destination than Liverpool?
By ‘John Pearson’
Falcao struggled badly after his cruciate ligament injury in early 2014. He had joined Monaco for 60 million euro the previous summer and had already scored 9 goals in 17 games. A crushing tackle would put him out of the game for months and even caused one of the top strikers on the planet to miss the World Cup. What happened when he returned from his ACL injury? A gentle rehabilitation? No, he was shipped off to United.
Of course he was going to be terrible at United. Not only was he recovering from a career threatening injury, his manager was Louis Van Gaal! United’s focus was on defending. While Falcao struggled, his season was a complete disappointment. What happened then? Mourinho decided to bring him to Chelsea before starting his disastrous last few months at the club. Stamford Bridge was in turmoil and Falcao couldn’t make an impact. Continually dropped and occasionally injured, the striker was only given 10 appearances in blue.
Falcao to Liverpool: Living in the present
There are many beautiful sub-plots to Monaco’s triumphant season. Mbappe’s emergence as a genuine future superstar of the game. The hilarity of watching PSG’s expensively assembled team finish second. However, the best story has been Falcoa’s reimmergence as a top class striker. There is something wonderful about watching his comeback.
21 goals in 29 ligue One appearances. He also contributed five assists. Five goals in just 8 Champions League outings. Falcao is back! This is the man who scored 72 goals in 87 appearances for Porto. The legend who netted 70 goals in 91 games for Atletico. When you watch the movement and positioning of Falcao, you realise how good he is.
Falcao to Liverpool: Should Klopp sign him?
Liverpool is still missing a vital ingredient going forward; a world-class striker. While Mane, Coutinho and Firminho have the ability to terrorise defences behind the strikers and on the wings, they’re often found wanting down the middle. Origi is a decent player but not someone you can start every week. Sturridge, is not a team player, and is injured more often than not.
Falcao could be the answer to Klopp’s problem. Liverpool create a ridiculous number of chances. Their problem is converting them and punishing teams. They’re often left defending a one goal lead when they should be out of sight. Would Falcao be the player to finish off these half-chances? He’s close to being back to his best. Monaco may be happy to get his wages off their bill, while the player himself would surely love an opportunity to prove the English media and fans wrong. Falcao to Liverpool. What do you think? It may prove to be the craziest deal of the summer, but would it make sense for Liverpool?
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