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The key to a successful tiki-taka system is attacking midfielders who are versatile, agile, quick and smart.
Gaston Ramirez is just that.
The Uruguayan 21-year-old is a tricky central player who plays a complete game. A dynamic passer with good distribution abilities, Ramirez can flat out make plays. That said, he is far from one-dimensional, with his speed and shooting ability also making him a lethal scoring threat.
Ramirez is the kind of player who can dictate the pace of a game. Playing at Bologna in Serie A last season, the international teammate of Seb Coates and Luis Suarez was relied upon to take charge, game-in, game-out, and the team largely built their playing style around him.
Brendan Rodgers could use him in the same role in 2012-13.