Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Koke Would Be Great Signing for Reds

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 27: Koke of Atletico de Madrid runs for the ball during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis Balompieat at Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 27, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have been linked with a number of bizarre January transfers already, despite the opening of the window still being six weeks away.

But one of the most recent names to crop up would definitely be a great fit for the team.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is subject to interest from the Reds, according to reports from Ben Jefferson at the Daily Express, and there can be little doubt he would be a massive coup if Brendan Rodgers and co. were to bring him to Anfield.

A creative and technically gifted player, Koke prefers to play centrally but generally operates from the left or right side of Atleti's fluid midfield, with plenty of licence to roam inside and become involved in the central areas of the pitch.

He has already created 23 chances in his 13 games this season—more than anyone else in the Atleti team—and has also chipped in with a couple of goals.

Along with Barcelona duo Cesc and Nemar, he leads the way for assists in La Liga with seven so far this term.

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14:  David Villa (R) of Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring their opening goal with team-mates Raul Garcia (L) and Koke (2ndL) during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and UD Almeria at Vicente Calderon St
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His versatility is further shown when he is deployed at times at right-back, as he has done for the national team on the odd occasion.

Aged 21, Koke already has five caps—no mean feat to work his way into that particular squad, given the array of talent available and already established.

Playing at the top of La Liga in a progressive, attack-minded side and with all the talent that he has already shown, it is little surprise that there is serious interest in Koke—and Mirror Football report that Manchester United and Barcelona are also monitoring him, with an apparent £17 million release clause the source of these clubs' intent.

Add into his technical talent a hard-working approach to the game, where he excels at attempting to press high up the pitch, and it's clear how he could quickly look like a top signing for the Reds.

But therein lies the problem: he would also be an excellent signing for other clubs, some of which could have far more spending power (and Champions League football) than Liverpool right now.

Of course, there's also the fact that his present club, Atletico, are in terrific form, fighting for the league title and winning trophies with regularity over the past few seasons. There is absolutely no reason for Koke to abandon ship right now—especially as he tries to seal a place in Spain's World Cup squad for next summer.

Thereafter, if he chooses to move, pretty much any top team will take him.

Right now he has his place all but guaranteed, is playing with the confidence instilled in him by his trusting coach and team-mates, and is showing exactly why paying £17 million for him would still be a bargain.

It would be a superb deal for Liverpool, no doubt about it—but convincing the player himself that now is the time to move might be a different story altogether.