If Liverpool has the opportunity to obtain Ibrahim Afellay for a mere £6 million, what's holding them back?
According to talkSPORT, not only will Afellay be available for purchase this summer, but he'll be available for a lot less than expected. This makes it crucial for the Reds to pursue him. They've already lost out on Eden Hazard, and Shinji Kagawa seems to be on the verge of signing with Manchester United. Therefore, Liverpool must resort to alternative means to keep pace.
Coming off an eighth-place finish in the Premiere League, there's no time like the present to get started.
Though Afellay missed six months due to a ligament injury in his knee last September, he's still expected to recover and regain the form that saw him become one of the top-rated midfielders in Europe. And despite the knee injury, he can still be expected to return to full health and use his creativity to help a Reds team that truly needs some good signings to work its way back to the top of the league standings.
In the short time he had to get back out onto the field before the end of the season, Afellay already showed flashes of the player he used to be before the injury. Plenty of teams should be willing to take a gamble on him for such a small price.
According to the Live4Liverpool blog, it's a move the Reds should have no qualms about making because they "are in need of more creativity in midfield and genuine pace on the right-hand side—Afellay ticks both boxes."
Of course, expending anything on a player coming off a devastating injury is a risk, but in this sense, it's a risk worth taking. The reported £6 million is a meager price to pay for a player of Afellay's caliber, and if he's able to return to form, he'll be a massive steal for a Liverpool team that very much needs a resurgence.