Monday, 29 August 2011

How Liverpool Might Benefit from Diego Forlan's Transfer to Inter Milan

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(Bleacher Report) Today saw Luis Suarez's international teammate, Diego Forlan, put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Inter Milan. His move from Atletico Madrid puts him in position to try and fill the boots of Russia-bound Samuel Eto'o, who left the club just last week for Anzhi Makhachkala.

Upon his departure after seven years in Spain between Villarreal and Atletico, the Uruguayan striker offered these words to his fans and teammates in a press conference in Madrid Monday:

"It's difficult to say goodbye after four years here and three years at Villarreal. I am sad to leave Spain. I feel a great affection to the people and I will never forget it.

"The experience at Atletico has been incredible. We have won many titles but not only that, I've met great people at the club.

"I leave as an Atletico fan. These people will remain in my heart."

Forlan will make a good addition to the current Inter Milan side and should fit well with Diego Milito up front, but could cause some confusion if Wesley Sneijder yells Diego on the pitch to put in a through ball. All joking aside, he should be a fine new piece of attacking prowess for Massimo Moratti.

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However, this signing actually has some interesting underlying circumstances that Liverpool football club and its fans should take note of.

The first instance is to completely end the speculation that Dirk Kuyt was going to move to Inter this August. It had been thought that he might move last year when Rafael Benitez took up the Inter post as manager.

To the delight of most Reds fans, the hard-working Dutchman remained on Merseyside. It was a good thing that he did, as he would end up as the Reds' leading scorer with 13 when last season's campaign came to a close.

This year he is now almost permanently a third striker. The additions of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing will limit his time as a deputy on the wing as opposed to before when he was the primary choice to deputize on the right flank.

Depending how you look at it, this is a blessing as Kuyt's ability is much needed in the current Liverpool squad. He is a veteran leader who is unselfish and a prime example of professionalism.

It looks as though fans can rest assured that he will remain at Anfield for at least one more season under Kenny Dalglish, under whom he has been most successful.

Another interesting angle for the Reds is to know that their young Spanish striker Dani Pacheco now becomes a primary choice for the Atletico starting XI. Without a chance at an extended amount of first-team action at Anfield this campaign, the Pacheco opted for a loan move to Atletico.

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He had great success while on loan at to Norwich City, and it was believed for the longest time that he would return to the Canaries on loan this season. However, they still did business with Reds as they purchased young defender Daniel Ayala in August.

Pacheco was still deemed to raw to have a permanent role in the Reds' first team this season as he still has time to develop and grow.

However, the departures of both Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan from Madrid's second club have left the door wide open for the youngster to stake claim to a starting role next to Radamel Falcao.

Falcao was the highest scorer in the Portuguese Liga with 34 goals and was both a champion of Portugal and also a second-tier European champion as FC Porto won the UEFA Europa League championship.

Young Pacheco has an amazing opportunity and his home club of Liverpool looks to profit from the possible rewards of the Spanish starlet.

Whether it ends with Pacheco making huge developmental progress or with him being sold on for a profit, Diego Forlan's move could help Liverpool gain a little extra fiscal or physical equity in their youth system and current rosters.

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