Liverpool bid for Martinez now would underline another piece of classic mismanagement

John W Henry

Liverpool have been linked with a £15 million bid for Jackson Martinez, but they could have bought him for half the price over the summer.

Liverpool's transfer dealings have come under a lot of well-deserved scrutiny over the past two years. Let's go back to the start with a quick whistle-stop tour through their mistakes.

1) Buying Andy Carroll 2) Buying Stewart Downing 3) Buying Charlie Adam 4) Buying Jordan Henderson 5) Allowing Thomas Ince to leave for a nominal fee 6) Sending Andy Carroll on loan this summer and failing to sign a striker.

So with that back catalogue nothing truly surprises us when it comes to their transfer dealings. The latest rumours concern Jackson Martinez, a Colombian striker who has inevitably been compared to Falcao.

The errors this time do not circle on the fact Liverpool want to sign him, but rather the fact they didn't pull the trigger on a transfer in the summer.

Martinez was playing in Mexico last season where he scored 20 goals, and rumours of a move to Anfield first surfaced back in April. Martinez's agent even at one point claimed the striker was a Liverpool player.

On July 7 the striker was signed from Jaguares by Porto, for £7.7 million. It was a reasonable fee for a player unproven in Europe, which is always a gamble, but as Javier Hernandez has shown with his quick adaptation from the Mexican league, sometimes players are worth taking a chance on.

The failure to take that chance is now coming back to bite Liverpool, if their renewed interest in him is to be believed.

He has been superb since signing in Portugal, breaking a goals record set by the world's most in-demand striker, Falcao. He has scored 11 in his first 12 matches for the club, better than his international teammate. It is this form which has re-ignited Liverpool's interest in him.

Barcelona and Inter Milan are also said to be interested, and Martinez' price tag is said to have rocketed to £15 million. It underlines that Liverpool really should have take the plunge and followed up their interest this summer.

There is no interest they will get him either. Porto will not want to sell so soon, and teams who can offer Champions League football are hovering. Liverpool could really miss out.

Either way they have messed up. Pay double in January for a top striker they could have signed for a relative pittance in July, or watch on as he continues to score goals and secure a move to one Europe's truly elite sides.

Did Liverpool mess up - again, on Martinez? Should they pursue a deal anyway?

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