Liverpool Transfer News: Victor Valdes Would Be a Bad Move for Reds

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 14, 2014

FC Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes fails to block the goal while his  teammate Alex Song of Cameroon, looks on, during their Spanish League soccer match, at Anoeta  stadium in San Sebastian, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. FC Barcelona lost the match 3-1. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Liverpool should avoid a move for Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes at all costs.

Spain's second-choice stopper proved in the match against Manchester City, which saw victory for Barcelona to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-final, that the 32-year-old has what it takes to play at the top level.

However, the Reds would be wrong to undermine Simon Mignolet's fine first season at Anfield, where he still plays an important role in the side's search for their first Premier League title.

According to the Guardian's Barry Glendenning, Valdes has been linked with a move to England, with rumours that Brendan Rodgers is looking to replace Mignolet.

Per Glendenning, Liverpool will look to replace their current 'keeper because of his "occasionally flappy" nature and will look to snap up the Barcelona man, who intends to leave his club in the summer.

Speaking with the Guardian's Sid Lowe, Valdes admitted that he is still looking to leave Camp Nou at the end of the season, 12 years after making his Barcelona debut and with six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey victories and three Champions League trophies to his name.

Despite support from the Catalan club's loyal fanbase, the Spaniard admitted that he wasn't sure where his next challenge would take him:

This year they're chanting my name. I'm proud of that. Maybe it's because they know this is my last season and I'm still giving everything. I was honest. It's hard for people to understand but I did what my heart told me. People around me have to understand what I am like too. Why hide? Why say 'let's see'?

What's 'retire'? To go somewhere and disrespect my team-mates who want to win and you've got some other attitude? No. Besides, it could be that when you free yourself from certain pressures you optimise your performances.

Despite looking to leave the club, Valdes has played 23 league matches for his current side this season as he looks to build back from a poor run of results, including away defeats to Valladolid and Real Sociedad, to win this year's title.

This save against City, showing the 'keeper's athleticism and desire to win at all costs, highlighted just how much he has to offer in football before even considering to retire:

But talk of his future continues and linked with a move to Merseyside, it could see Simon Mignolet's place in the starting XI placed under the spotlight.

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However, any move to ditch the 26-year-old Belgian goalkeeper from the Reds' starting side would be of detriment to both player and club, after the stopper has played every minute in this year's Premier League title charge, per WhoScored.

Also, should Rodgers look for more experience to challenge his No. 22, he could yet perform a U-turn and bring Pepe Reina back into the first-team fold from his loan at Napoli, rather than lose him for £4 million, per Daily Mail's Dominic King.

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It looks as though Reina knows his future sits elsewhere, though, as BBC Sport reports the Spanish stopper's belief that the club are happy with their current first-choice man:

For Liverpool, the time to be thinking of the future in regards to their long-term strategy in the goalkeeping department is now, with Mignolet still in his mid-20s, Australian Brad Jones also an able understudy and young Danny Ward also entering the first-team fold over the next few years.

Signing 32-year-old Valdes could add short-term experience to both competitive and training scenarios, but with longevity in mind, the club are better off utilising the young and hungry professionals currently on the books.