Is This Spanish Defender Jamie Carragher's Long-Term Liverpool Replacement?

With Carra on his last legs and Agger injury prone, Liverpool have turned their attentions to the player thought by many to be Carlos Puyol's long-term replacement in the national team...
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With Carra on his last legs and Agger injury prone, Liverpool have turned their attentions to the player thought by many to be Carlos Puyol's long-term replacement in the national team...

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With Carra on his last legs and Agger injury prone, Liverpool have turned their attentions to the player thought by many to be Carlos Puyol's long-term replacement in the national team...

Who is he?

The versatile centre-back is a product of Atlético Madrid’s youth system and like any half decent product of Atlético Madrid’s system the footballer will be looking to get away from the club at the first opportunity and follow in the path of Fernando Torres and David de Gea for the big bucks of England.

The 22-year-old is now in his fourth full season in Atlético’s first team. In this spell, a defender who is seen as a possible long-term replacement for Carles Puyol in the Spanish side has won the Europa League, the European Super Cup and anchored the back four for Spain’s U-21 European Championship winning side from last summer.

Like all young defenders, Domínguez is prone to clangers, but that’s the case with anyone who has played in Atlético’s back four over the past couple of decades

Strengths

Domínguez is not unlike a raw Sergio Ramos of old - powerful, athletic, strong and also fairly versatile in that he’s sometimes asked to fill in at full-back. The defender was also educated at a British school so won’t have any problems with the lingo in the Premier League. Indeed during a Europa League semi-final with Liverpool, Domínguez cheefully admitted to telling Dirk Kuyt to “shut your f**cking mouth”. “I go to England a lot, and whenever I go to London I like to eat or go to the theatre, the cinema or to concerts,” revealed the Rojiblanco to the Guardian in May 2010.

Weaknesses

Like all young defenders, Domínguez is prone to clangers, but that’s the case with anyone who has played in Atlético’s back four over the past couple of decades. The true form of the footballer can be seen in his performances with Spain’s U-21 side.

Chances of signing him

Fairly good, although the stopper may well be looking for a move to bigger things than Anfield at the moment - a case of a sideways shift into another frying pan perhaps for a footballer who is looking to break into Spain’s first team squad having come of age for the U-21s. The heavily-indebted Atlético are a selling side where every single player is available for the right price.

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