Liverpool FC set to sign Martin Montoya from Barcelona
Brendan Rodgers’ team have made an encouraging start to the season and it appears that the manager will be bolstering his squad with the arrival of Martin Montoya.
November 29th, 2013
The Liverpool manager has a firm idea of the type of player he wants to bring in at Anfield as he attempts to build a legacy at the club, with Montoya currently on the books at Barcelona although he hasn’t enjoyed many first-team opportunities at the Nou Camp.
The 22-year-old has made just 30 appearances for Barca since 2011, with Liverpool hoping to sign a player who has represented Spain Under-21’s on 22 occasions, with the player versatile enough to operate on both flanks.
Liverpool are hoping that they can land Montoya permanently in January despite talks having taken place with Barcelona and the player over a new contract. Reds managing director Ian Ayre met Barca officials on Thursday to discuss a possible transfer fee.
The Merseyside club sit second in the Premier League and currently average two points per match, with Liverpool heading to Hull this weekend and Rodgers is confident his team can continue their excellent form.
John Flanagan made just his second start of the season at Goodison Park although he will hope to retain his place in the starting XI after earning rave reviews for his performance in the derby.
“You look at our team and our star man for me was Jon Flanagan by a country mile,” Steven Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
“He doesn’t get many headlines but as captain of the team he was the player I am most proud of.
“I thought he was unbelievable. He’s been fighting hard in training just to get in the 18, never mind the starting 11, but the manager threw him in at the deep end against a top class player like Kevin Mirallas and I thought he was sensational.
“It was one of the best derby performances I have seen for many years.
“He reminds me of (Jamie) Carragher in a lot of ways. I don’t think you would judge Jon in terms of ability or skill, but he is all about heart, desire, determination and fighting for the cause.
“He’s a Liverpool fan like myself so I know what it meant to him to come into a derby and finish as our man of the match by a mile.”