TRANSFER TALK: Pato to Liverpool?
Among the latest players who have interested Liverpool enough to want to bring them to our club this January, is Alexandre Pato.
Pato is a 24 year old Brazilian who naturally plays as a forward or striker. He’s been quite successful at all of his clubs and national team, winning trophies such as :
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2006
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2007
- Serie A: 2010–11
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2011
- Campeonato Paulista: 2013
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2013
- South American Youth Championship: 2007
- Olympic Bronze Medal: 2008
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2009
- Olympic Silver Medal: 2012
His current club Corinthians seem rather desperate to cash in on his recent fame and global interest from other clubs because they reportedly can’t handle paying 100% of his high wages. They sent him to local rivals Sao Paulo on loan because of this but now they want him gone permanently and to earn a transfer fee. Sooner rather than later would be the best time for Pato to move and Liverpool’s owners are reportedly perfectly happy with paying up to 14 Million Euros for this player.
The striker has played for some high profile clubs such as AC Milan before, but has never been at any (English) Premier League club, which is something that Pato has publically spoken about wishing to do. Pato has said about this:
“one day I knew I would like to come to England because I think the championship is the number one in the world. It is very competitive.
I like the emotion in the English league. You look at the TV and you see the stadium and the fans. I remember that when we played Arsenal, they were very strong and very fast. My special thing is my speed. I’m fast. I think that’s good because the football here is very quick.
I don’t think the physical part of English football would be a problem. When you get the ball, you need to be ready. The defenders here are very tough but I like that. I have spoken to Willian, Firmino, Coutinho and David Luiz before.
I think Brazilian players can play here. You mix talent and intelligence and Brazilian players can play here.”
So, it seems he’d feel happy to play alongside fellow Brazilians like Firmino and Coutinho and Lucas at Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp is keen to make additions to the squad, especially with the current injury crisis which Liverpool are facing this season, with more than 10 regular players out injured currently. A striker like Pato could ease the troubles of worrying about when Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi or other unavailable strikers may make a return to the first team.
The club (Liverpool) are yet to place an official bid, but there’s a high chance it will happen inside of this transfer window due to the urgency of Corinthians financial situation. If he joins us, we’ll have more news on that.
Walk on with hope in your heart, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.