Liverpool needed Victor Valdes

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You've probably heard by now: Victor Valdes is about to become a Manchester United player...

The former Barcelona star, who has racked up six La Liga titles and won the Champions League three times, is set to be unveiled as a Red Devil. The Spaniard, who previously worked under United Louis van Gaal chief earlier on his career, has been training with the Old Trafford outfit for the last few months, but now looks set to resurrect his career in England's elite division. 

Liverpool struggles 

And this is a deal that should anger fans of Liverpool. Whilst United already possess one of the leading goalkeepers in world football in David de Gea, Brendan Rodgers' side are enduring a nightmare between the sticks. 

The Merseyside outfit, who have looked a shadow of their former selves throughout this campaign, have proved vulnerable at the back all season long. And that has stemmed because of their goalkeeping woes. Last season, with Luis Suarez scoring goals for fun, they just about got away with it. This campaign, though, has been very different. 

Unfortunately, Belgian 'keeper Simon Mignolet - who replaced Anfield hero Pepe Reina at the club - has failed to prove his credentials between the sticks over the last year or so. He's struggled with confidence and it's something that has truly harmed Liverpool as they've struggled on the pitch. 

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There's no doubt about it, Mignolet is not a world-class goalkeeper. In truth, right now, he'd struggle to get into any side in the Premier League. There's a reason why he was dropped against Manchester United last month as Rodgers handed Brad Jones his chance to shine in the club's biggest fixture of the season. 

Ultimately, Jones picked up an injury, but, let's be honest, he is not the answer. Perhaps, then, the answer should have been Valdes...

Valdes class 

Despite having been out on the sidelines for some time, the Spaniard is a proven winner and a fine goalkeeper. After all, he's been involved in the Barcelona and Spanish setup for a number of years. 

And, at 32-years-old, he's by no means past it. Comfortably, Valdes could play at the top for another three years yet. A great shot-stopper, it can be argued that Valdes has actually improved in his latter years at the Nou Camp. 

Don't get me wrong, Valdes is prone to the odd mistake, but he's still good enough to play at some of the top sides in world football. 

Why, then, did Rodgers fail to act? A goalkeeper with quite the pedigree on a free has been available for some time. 

There's no doubt about it, Manchester United don't really need him. They have De Gea, who is in the form of his life. But, if the shot-stopper picks up an injury, then they have quite the replacement. United now sit alongside Chelsea in the goalkeeping department. 

Whilst the likes of Petr Cech and Victor Valdes will sit on the Chelsea and Manchester United benches over the coming months, Liverpool will continue to struggle to keep clean sheets. 

Valdes wouldn't have completely solved the Reds' defensive dilemmas, but he may well have proved the catalyst to the major improvement that is needed on Merseyside. 

Liverpool fans: Do you think your club should have signed Valdes? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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