The Cameroon international Alex Song was highly rated at former club Arsenal and moved to Barcelona in 2012 for a deal worth £15 million. The former Gunner has since, however, struggled to hold down a regular first team spot, mostly being used as a utility man against smaller teams in La Liga. Therefore, new Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has told Song that he does not have him in his plans for the upcoming season and is free to leave.
So what would Song; if anything, add to apparent suitors Liverpool’s current midfield?
Well, the Barcelona midfielder certainly has qualities, with passing, tackling and his reading of the game to make interceptions among his biggest strengths.
Brendan Rodgers currently has Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and Joe Allen to choose from. However, questions were asked about Allen’s performances last season, and if you add that to Lucas’ injury problems and the unproven at this level Emre Can, then the Northern Irish manager only has Henderson and Gerrard who are considered first team quality in the defensive midfield position.
Alex Song is proven at the top level in England, playing an average of 38 games a season in his last four years with the Gunners. He was known for his sturdy work in midfield in front of a relatively shaky back four. He was particularly valuable in his last season at the Emirates, making 46 appearances, scoring 1 goal and picking up 14 assists.
In my opinion, Song would most certainly add some much needed depth to that particular area of midfield and has the quality required to give Henderson and Gerrard a run for their money for their starting place in the side.
Liverpool have already completed an excellent piece of business in the acquisition of Mario Balotelli for £16 million and with Barcelona’s asking price as little as £10 million, Alex Song could well be another bargain waiting to happen.
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