Guillermo Ochoa to Liverpool?
Liverpool are rumoured to have snapped up a deal to sign Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from Malaga for a fee of around £3 million, Ochoa had only signed for Malaga after becoming a free agent in the summer since his club Ajaccio had been relegated to the French 2nd division.
Ochoa excelled in the 2014 World Cup and was touted to moving to one of the big clubs in Europe, Liverpool were one of the clubs tracking the Mexican but he eventually moved to Malaga but his time at Malaga ended up being frustrating as he became the number two to Carlos Kameni. Having made one appearance for the club since joining them, Ochoa could be looking to kick start his career again at Liverpool, however here are 3 reasons why Liverpool should not sign Ochoa and instead try to sign someone else.
Ochoa was in the prime of his career when he was keeping for Ajaccio and then had a great World Cup in Brazil for Mexico, since then he was released from his club and only signed for Malaga in hope of continuing his playing time but the 29 year old ended up being on the bench and not playing as many games as he would have hoped.
Liverpool need someone who has been playing regularly at top level, sure Ochoa is a good goalkeeper but he must be rusty and bringing him in at this point of time doesn’t make sense for the club who are in desperate need to sign a goalkeeper willing to start every game but more importantly has played a lot of games and is confident of doing a good job at the back for Liverpool.
Premier League acumen missing
Liverpool should be looking to sign a goalkeeper who is a sure shot in the Premier League, going for Petr Cech might be a little expensive for the Reds but he is a goalkeeper who has been a success in the Premier League and would work wonders not only for the goalkeeping department at Anfield but also help instil some confidence in that awful defence of the club.
Not only Cech, it was reported that Rodgers had also wanted to sign Vorm of Swansea, even though the Dutch goalkeeper is at Spurs, he hasn’t played all those many games for Spurs and he could be a great replacement for Mignolet at Liverpool.
The two are almost the same
The one thing Simon Mignolet is good at, apart from gifting the opposition possession is that he is a good shot stopper; his reflexes are the only thing that has become better since his time at Liverpool. Ochoa was brilliant for Mexico and is pretty much a tit for tat of Mignolet, his ability to stop shots from close range is probably marginally better than that of the Belgian’s but apart from that they both are dead ringers in every other sense of ability.
Liverpool need someone who is commanding in the box and Ochoa does not fit the bill, the bigger question to be asked is why are Liverpool signing someone who they could have got for free in the Summer, now they would have to pay a transfer fee to upgrade a position which should have been upgraded in the summer.