Speculation around Gareth Bale leaving Real Madrid in the summer keeps growing day by day.
Towards the end of the season, things took a turn for the worse as Zinedine Zidane left the Welshmen out of the squad completely for two of the last three matchdays.
The situation got even more delicate when Bale was in the squad, but was left on the bench for the whole of 90 minutes in the last game of the season, where Real Madrid suffered another humiliating defeat at the hands of Real Betis.
Life hasn’t been easy for Bale as Zidane is likely to revamp the squad after what was an awful season by the club’s lofty standards.
The Welshman, who scored the winning goals for Los Blancos in not one but two Champions League finals (2014, 2018), might struggle for a starting spot under Zidane next season.
Gareth Bale at Anfield: A good option for Klopp?
Jurgen Klopp, who has assembled an incredibly fit squad at Anfield, isn’t the kind of manager to splash big money unless necessary. Liverpool have thrown huge chunks of money on players like Alisson Becker and Virgil Van Dijk out of pure necessity, which has proven significant in their pursuit of trophies this season.
Bale, meanwhile, looks more like a luxury than a necessity, a luxury the Reds can afford but don’t require. Klopp has a balanced squad at his disposal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also making a return after more than a year. With Salah, Mane and Firmino in the attack, anyone who comes to Anfield in the summer might have to play second fiddle.
Bale has 14 goals and six assists in 42 appearances for the Galacticos this season, and though there is no denying that the Welshman is a quality player, these numbers for a player in his price range and wages don’t reflect well.
Another issue with Bale is he isn’t the kind of hard worker you see in the Liverpool lineup where the whole team press with high intensity, in a collective manner, which makes the system work.
While he is a major boost to have in your squad, Bale is one of the most injury-prone players out there. Signing someone like Bale who will be 30 before next season starts and will cost a fortune only to feature predominantly on the bench, doesn’t look like the kind of business Klopp and Liverpool will go for.
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