Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Should Stay Away from Aging Eric Abidal

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorJanuary 12, 2012

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 15: Eric Abidal (L) of FC Barcelona in action with Mamadou Niang of Al Sadd during the FIFA Club World Cup semi final match between Al-Sadd Sports Club and Barcelona at the International Yokohama Stadium on December 15, 2011 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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The transfer window can bring new players into clubs that can help them out in a big way. However, with the rumor of Liverpool taking a look at Barcelona defender Eric Abidal, the Reds have to pass on the 32-year-old defender and stick with the younger Jose Enrique.

According to, Abidal is being courted by Liverpool and Manchester City, saying: 

Barcelona have offered him a two-year contract extension, but with a number of major European clubs interested, the defender has asked for time to think about his future, reports L'Equipe.

AC Milan have already confirmed they are ready to hand the 32-year-old a three-year deal, but there is also interest from England.

Liverpool and Manchester City have apparently made Abidal aware they are keen, although they have not yet made formal offers.

Both clubs signed players - Jose Enrique and Gael Clichy - who play in the Barca star's preferred position of left-back last summer, but the chance to bring in an experienced international who can cover across the back four is still an attractive prospect to them.

The first question that jumps out from this rumor is, why would Liverpool throw money at Abidal when they already have filled the need with Enrique? 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Jose Enrique of Liverpool tussles for posession with Phil Jones of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 15, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (
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When they brought Enrique over from Newcastle, they got a player who was named the club’s Player of the Season in 2009-10. 

At 26 years old, Enrique is much younger than 32-year-old Abidal. Plus, Enrique has the quicker legs over Abidal and is more of a long-term fix for Liverpool.  

If they would sign Abidal, then they would only get the defender for a short time period.  

The positives are limited in bringing Abidal in during the transfer window. As signing Abidal would help add to Liverpool’s depth on defense. Plus, his signing would be that type of flashy addition that grabs the headlines. 

However, what good is an elite defender if he is either playing out of his position or if he’s riding the bench after signing a huge deal? 

If Liverpool’s management wants to blow the type of money that it will take to sign Abidal, then fine; who are we to tell them what to do with their money?

However, the smart move is to pass on the aging Abidal and stick with their current defender in Enrique.