Would Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes be a perfect fit at Anfield?


Barcelona are reportedly looking to sell Andre Gomes in the summer. The Spanish club is willing to listen to offers for the 24-year-old with a number of Premier League clubs including the Reds monitoring his services, writes Sam May.

Ernesto Valverde’s side signed Gomes for €35 million from Valencia in 2016 but he has netted on just three occasions having made 47 appearances in his first season at the club.

The Portuguese international’s outings have not inspired much this campaign. Having featured in just 22 games, Gomes has failed to score a single goal this season.

Would Gomes be a good addition to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool?

Gomes was potentially going to be used as a makeweight in the deal which saw Philippe Coutinho join Barcelona this January. Klopp is also believed to be a keen admirer of the deep-lying midfielder who is enduring a frustrating time in Catalonia.

Luis Enrique deployed him in several positions around the pitch — including right-back — but it was an underwhelming debut campaign at best. Klopp with his track record of getting the best out of players could help Gomes rediscover his best form, as the player is definitely talented.

He wouldn’t fill the Coutinho void should he move to Anfield in the summer, but he could well the perfect replacement for 24-year-old Emre Can, who has been linked heavily with a move to Juventus next summer on a free transfer. His arrival would likely see him slot into a deeper midfield role with Adam Lallana moving further forward.

Marca had previously claimed he was the worst La Liga signing in 2016/17, and whilst he didn’t succeed for Portugal in Euro 2016, he still has a lot to offer and Anfield could provide that basis for him to excel.

Gomes would provide a controlling and creative foil for more energetic and athletic midfielders such as Georginio Wijnaldum and captain Jordan Henderson, which may prove crucial when attempting to break down deep-lying defences at Anfield (something that the Reds struggled with last term).

He is confident on the ball, proficient and likes to press, not only would he would fit into Klopp’s style of play, he would also provide thrust and penetration. If signed he could find himself sitting alongside new Liverpool signing Naby Keita, who will join up with Klopp’s Reds next summer.

Andre Gomes could just be the missing piece in the jigsaw for Liverpool.


Interview: Facundo Ferreyra – Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder on the Champions League tie against Roma


Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Facundo Ferreyra gives his thoughts on his side’s last-16 Champions League tie against Roma.

What are your initial thoughts of Shakhtar v AS Roma in the last-16 of the competition?

“When Shakhtar was drawn against Roma, I thought that at this stage of the Champions League all the teams are strong. Whether it’s Roma or any other team, we will do our best, just as we did it at the group stage, which brought us results.”

How will you and your side prepare for the game against Roma?

“The team have been preparing very well. The motivation is great. We know that we are facing a crucial game for both the whole team and the fans, and we want to please them.”

How impressed have you been with Roma in the competition so far?

“I didn’t have the possibility to watch their performance closely. I know that they had a very strong group including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, although they managed to advance from the group in the top spot. This proves that they are really strong.”

As Shakhtar are at home in the first game, do you see this as an advantage?

“Honestly, I’d prefer to play the decider at home, but this doesn’t diminish our optimism at all. We need to deliver a great performance at home and go to Rome with an advantage.”

If Shakhtar could choose one player out of the Roma team not to feature in the game because of his talents, who would you choose and why?

“They have many players like that. Fortunately, Francesco Totti has finished his career. But Nainggolan is in top form now.”

What chances do you believe Shakhtar have against Roma?

“I suppose the chances are equal – fifty-fifty. Roma are a very good team, but we believe in our strength and condition.”