Real Madrid Playmaker Guti, Summer Target for the Beleaguered Reds?

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IApril 9, 2010

After last night's majestic 4-1 victory against Benfica at the Europa League, Liverpool's highly frustrating season got a face-lift.

With the win against Benfica, Rafa Benitez and his men made it to the semifinals of UEFA Europa League, where they will face Athletico Madrid, and still have a chance to win a European title.

A Europa League title can help change the gloomy atmosphere surrounding Anfield this season.

This season saw the mighty Reds, who after just missing out on being Premier League champions last season, fall flat on their face after a string of injuries and poor performance from its players.

The 2006 Champions League winners also crashed out from the group stages of the Champions League this season. They are presently battling for a fourth-place finish to keep their Champions League hopes alive for next year, although that looks rather unlikely.

With Liverpool's ace striker Fernando Torres, demanding new signings this summer, the Reds need to sign two or three new players if they want to keep Torres at Anfield.

With the Reds' dangerously increasing debt burden, Rafa is likely to be handed a rather small transfer budget, and he needs to invest carefully. His purchase of the ex-Roma player, Alberto Aquilani, has been severely criticised.

Aquilani has been unable to play a full 90 minutes properly and has struggled to fill the void left by the talismanic Alonso.

Benitez will not make such mistakes this season.

The recent news around Bernabeau has been, Real Madrid midfield veteran Guti, is willing to leave for greener pastures. The Spanish attacking midfielder, who had a highly successful career at Madrid supposedly wants to leave due to a lack of playing time.

The once Madrid first-team regular has seen his requirement in the Madrid midfield substantially reduced. He made only 22 appearances this season for the Los Blancos after the arrival of Kaka last season.

In an interview with the Onda Madrid radio station, Guti hinted towards his desire to leave Real, seeking a new challenge somewhere else.

He also said he felt this would be the best decision for all of them and hoped Madrid would respect his decision to leave.

Reportedly, the Reds have targeted signing with the hugely experienced Guti this summer. Manchester City, Spurs, along with several other European clubs, are also looking to launch a bid for the Madrid playmaker.

But the Reds might have an advantage in defeating Guti's other suitors, creating a more exciting option to the aged Guti compared to Eastlands or White Hart Lane.

Guti would be playing alongside his fellow Spaniards like, Torres, Reina, and Riera, and under Spanish manager Rafa Benitez at Anfield.

Furthermore, if the Reds can secure a Champions League spot next season, it may make Guti's move to Anfield all the more easier.

With Guti reportedly asking Real Madrid, where he had played his entire career, to let him go for a nominal fee, it may be a good bargain for Benitez.

Signing Guti can only be a temporary solution. The creative Spanish playmaker, with his immense knowledge and passion for football, can provide a boost to Liverpool's quest of achieving their glory days.

José María Gutiérrez Hernández, or Guti, as he is commonly known, has played with the likes of Morientes, Ronaldo, Beckham, Zidane, etc. during his illustrious 15 years at the Bernabeau. He can provide stability to the Reds seemingly unsettled midfield.

Guti has superb short and through pass abilities which made him the creative playmaker in Real Madrid after Zidane's departure. Combining with the Reds inspirational captain Gerrard, the duo can become a nightmare for their opponents.

He has also played as a striker, scoring plenty of goals for Los Blancos, proving he could provide attacking options to the Reds manager Benitez.

If Benitez can convince Guti and strike a good bargain with Real, he can be a nice buy, although he has only a couple of footballing years left in him.

Until financial conditions of the Reds improve, Benitez can use this Spanish midfielder to reinforce his team.

But these are mere speculations and are dependent on a variety of factors.

If Benitez is sacked or leaves for Real or Juventus, as is reported, Guti might not even be the Reds priority during the summer transfer window. Someone else maybe purchased instead of him.

If Liverpool finds a new owner, they might even have a bigger budget where they would be able to afford young players at higher prices. Guti might not be their target then and he may end up playing for City or Spurs.

Only the end of the season will decide whether Guti will end his impressive footballing career at Anfield. But the Premier League fans would surely like to watch the Spanish midfield maestro at work.


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