Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may be encouraged by quotes from Bojan Krkic, as Barcelona's forgotten man indicates he doesn't know if staying with the Spanish team is a smart move.
Bojan—loaned out to clubs including Roma, Milan and Ajax during his career—was linked with a £5 million move to the Reds in February, reported by David Maddock of the Mirror. He recently returned to Catalonia after a successful title-winning season in Amsterdam but admits his next career choice is vital, per Alberto Rubio of Marca:
That's a decision that is key to my career and I want to weigh up all the options: Barcelona, Ajax or other offers that could come in. I don’t want to close the door on anything. I have no doubt I can play for Barça, but I don’t know if it would be the best [option] for me at this time.
The 23-year-old, who made his Barcelona debut almost seven years ago, has all the hallmarks of a Rodgers-styled player. He is versatile, clever on the ball, a smart passer and always looks to advance the flow of play with attacking intent. Most importantly, Bojan is yet to reach the sizeable potential put on his shoulders as a Barca youngster, a misstep Rodgers often looks to overturn when he purchases developing talent.
Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are two examples of players who have improved dramatically under the Northern Irishman's gaze.
Rodgers allows individuals to express themselves if it isn't detrimental to the team, something we witnessed throughout the season with Liverpool's aforementioned duo. The manager's great trick is buying for cheap and making the sellers wish they hadn't cashed in somewhere down the line.
Bojan has experienced top-flight football across the continent. Although his finishing skills need sharpening up, his ability to play anywhere across the attacking line would be welcome at Anfield, where offensive reinforcements are reportedly a priority.
Rodgers recently confirmed he is looking for individuals who offer "strong technique and football intelligence," those who "can play in different roles and are multi-dimensional in their work," reported by Simon Bird of the Mirror. Bojan certainly fits this description.
The manager's alleged pursuit of Loic Remy could see Liverpool add an additional top-quality striker. David Kent of the Daily Mail suggests the club and Arsenal have "held talks" with the lightning-quick Frenchman, who would bolster Rodgers' squad heading into the Champions League next season.
Both he and Bojan are experienced in the competition—the latter has actually won it twice—suggesting they are smart investments. Their ambitions will need to be as lofty as Rodgers' if they are to be successful at Anfield, where Liverpool's livelihood has strengthened over the past year.
Fans should be excited by the prospect of Bojan or Remy arriving. Both provide proven quality, but vitally, they haven't yet hit the peak of their game. As we've seen throughout Rodgers' career, he is more than capable of ensuring development is made if the player keeps his mind open.
It's sure to be an important summer on Merseyside, where new signings will help define whether Liverpool's recent ascension to second in the Premier League was a one-off or statement for the future.
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