Liverpool transfers: ‘Victor Valdes swoop makes perfect sense’
Liverpool transfers: Mark Lawrenson feels Barcelona legend Victor Valdes would be a good signing
Mark Lawrenson has backed Liverpool’s bid to sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
The Spain international is currently a free agent after calling time on his career at the Catalan side at the end of last season.
I’ve heard a few whispers Liverpool aren’t entirely convinced by the Belgian, and I’d have to echo them
Brendan Rodgers has Simon Mignolet and Brad Jones competing for the number one spot at Anfield after selling Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich.
And former Liverpool defender Lawrenson feels Valdes would provide first-choice goalkeeper Mignolet with real competition for a starting spot.
“The Reds are in need of serious competition for current first choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet,” Lawrenson told Liverpool Echo.
“It’s the one position where they remain short, particularly with the Champions League just around the corner.
“Interest in Valdes, then, makes perfect sense.
“Of course, there are question marks over the Spaniard’s fitness after so long on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
“Liverpool, though, will feel as though the benefits will outweigh the risks, especially as there is no transfer fee involved with Valdes being a free agent having been released by Barcelona. Mignolet will surely have also taken note.”
Lawrenson continued: “I’ve heard a few whispers Liverpool aren’t entirely convinced by the Belgian, and I’d have to echo them.
“There is no doubt Mignolet is a really good shot-stopper, one of the best in the Premier League.
But you need to be more than that at the very top level. You need to be able to command your area, take crosses, and be good at distributing the ball.”
The 32-year-old Valdes is currently recovering from knee ligament damage.