Liverpool’s next signing? Three-times Champions League winner assessed

first_imgLiverpool have been linked with a move for Champions League winning goalkeeper and here, football stats experts analyse whether it would be a good deal for the Redmen. Check out for lots more Liverpool stats.Back in March, Victor Valdés’ Barcelona career was prematurely cut short. The goalkeeper, who last May confirmed he would depart Camp Nou at the end of the 2013/14 season, slipped after saving a Fábian Orellana free kick, tearing his Anterior cruciate ligament early on in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo.It was a heartbreaking end to a 19-year spell with the club for a goalkeeper who had become synonymous with the Blaugrana. His injury meant a move to Monaco fell through, but the French club’s loss could be Liverpool’s gain. The Reds have long been in the market for a backup for Simon Mignolet after Pepe Reina’s loan move to Napoli last season, and subsequent permanent move to Bayern over the summer, and they could do worse than sign Valdés.Valdés’ rating (6.93) was bettered only by Keylor Navas (7.27) and Roberto (7.02) of all goalkeepers to feature at least 15 times in La Liga last season. When compared to Mignolet (6.69), Valdés was the stronger performer of the two in their respective leagues last term. Barcelona may have been a more dominant side than Liverpool, but the Spaniard is clearly a reliable goalkeeper when needed, reinforced in his impressive save success rate (76.7%) from the 2013/14 campaign.With that in mind, some may feel he would deserve a starting spot for the Reds rather than playing second fiddle to Mignolet when he returns to fitness, should the Reds firm up their reported interest in the Spain international.With the help of his defence, Valdés has kept 74 clean sheets since the beginning of the 2009/10 season, more than any other goalkeeper in the same time period. Despite being behind a backline that was rarely troubled by the opposition, such is Barcelona’s stature in Spain, Valdés’ goalkeeping exploits are not to be sniffed at. Since establishing himself as their number 1 in 2002, the goalkeeper has become one of the most recognisable names in the game and his acquisition would be a real statement of intent.Valdés would add some much-needed strength in depth to Brendan Rodgers’ side. The Merseysiders will return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2009/10 season next week and it’s possible Liverpool could play upwards of 60 games this term, depending on how they progress in Europe, the FA Cup and Capital One Cup.Brad Jones is far from a sturdy stand in for Mignolet and should the Belgian succumb to suspension or injury, Valdés, upon his return to action, would provide ample competition to the number 1 spot at Anfield. Liverpool already have one very good goalkeeper on their books, but the chance to add a second should not be turned down.In a defence that is prone to lapses in concentration, a commanding presence in the 18-yard box will go a long way to significantly bolstering the back four. Valdés is widely regarded as one of the best shotstoppers in the game and though the former Barcelona star is not expected to be fit until November this year, Liverpool would be wise to move for the free agent.For more stats on Liverpool target Victor Valdés, click here to view his player page 1last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL airport at Carrickfin will get government grants to keep it going next year – but City of Derry and Sligo are to lose funding, the Government announced tonight.In a press statement, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said that €5.9m in additional funding would be available for regional airports this year.But he said that “from next year, the Government will only be in a position to support the four regional airports at Donegal, Knock Ireland West, Kerry and Waterford. “The Government will not be able to provide operational or capital funding to Galway or Sligo airports.The €5.9m comes on top of the €13.4m already allocated to regional airports for this year by the last government, the statement added.Mr Varadkar urged Galway and Sligo airports to use the opportunity provided by the additional funding to engage with various parties, including business interests, investors and local authorities, in order to secure their ongoing viability in some form.“All the regional airports must use this period (2011) to prepare realistic business plans for the future, as funding cannot be maintained at current levels,” he said. “The right thing to do is support the most viable airports, where there is also a clear geographical need for their services.”The statement the decision was taken based on “significant improvements in road networks, shorter journey times by road and rail, and the collapse in passengers flying domestically.”DONEGAL AIRPORT SURVIVES CUTS – BUT DERRY & SLIGO TO LOSE OUT was last modified: June 7th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derry city airportDonegal Airportgovernment cutssligo airportlast_img read more