Victor Valdes The Perfect Option For Liverpool

With Victor Valdes reported to be Anfield-bound, Ian Watson looks at why Liverpool are happy for the former Barcelona keeper to challenge Simon Mignolet for the No. 1 spot...

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Synergy says...

@adamarm66 (Chelsea)> I thought what I said was self explanatory. Mignolet is a average keeper, who the Pool fans try and hype up, coz like you mentioned Pool fans would hype Emile Heskey if he joined them today.

What I stated is that Valdes is just a better keeper than Mignolet, however he is poor against crosses and high balls and would take time to adapt to the physical aspects of the game as well as actually having competitive games every week, given he comes from a league that has 4 competitive games and the rest walkovers.

Lastly I think Valdes wants high wages and hence there is no interest from the top teams, especially since he isn't really considered a great keeper.

Posted 10:57am 10th September 2014

adamarm66 (Chelsea) says...

@Synergy - Is that a oxymoron ? how can Valdes do all the things Mignolet does only better but has the same limitations as Mignolet..... Liverpool fans would find something positive to say if they signed Emile Heskey lol. Valdes was allowed to leave and is a free agent no-one else wants. What about that Reina bloke he has`nt done anything since leaving the mighty reds, oh hang on a minute !

Posted 11:14am 9th September 2014

Synergy says...

Valdes is a massive upgrade over Mignolet as he does the things Mignolet does, better than him. However he has the same limitations as Mignolet, which is he isn't comfortable coming for crosses and high balls and it will be an adjustment for him to deal with the physicality of the league.

Still he would strengthen a Pool weakness.

Posted 8:17am 9th September 2014

HarryBoulton says...

Vastly under-rated goal keeper. Barcelona could have gone out and bought a keeper at any point they liked, but they stuck with him for a reason.

Posted 3:59pm 6th September 2014

nickyb says...

Would be perfect for us, he'd make up for Sakho's, and more so Lovren's, rashness because he can actually come off his line without looking like a lost kid. The reported 1-year deal means it's risk free too. But then again, @ben angba isn't convinced so Rodgers might as well not bother.

Posted 3:25pm 6th September 2014

jm (Southampton) says...

@timconny - nope, Valdes is a superior shot- stopper. You only have to look at their save percentages to see that.

Posted 12:23pm 6th September 2014

jm (Southampton) says...

The usual ignorant comments in here about Valdes. He was brilliant for Barca but remains hugely underrated on these shores. @budek - Valdes is without doubt ahead of Reina in the Spanish pecking order. If not for his injury there's a good chance he would have been Spain's number 1 in Brazil.

Posted 12:22pm 6th September 2014

ben angba (Manchester United) says...

Lol valdes really do u actually watch football he was easily the weakest link in the barca team he didn't have much to do since they always had the ball

Posted 7:53am 6th September 2014

timconny (Liverpool) says...

This article presumes an awful lot. Valdes is an over-rated keeper. Just because he played for Barcelona doesn't mean he can just waltz in to the Liverpool team. Valdez may have better distribution but Mignolet is a better shot stopper hands down. At the end of the day, that's all that matters.

Posted 2:32am 6th September 2014

budek (Bolton Wanderers) says...

So LFC get rid of the Spanish 2nd choice keeper on massive wages for the Spanish 3rd choice keeper....presumably on massive wages??

Posted 7:22pm 5th September 2014

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