Free agent Ricardo Quaresma an answer for Liverpool?

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Liverpool were linked with signing Ricardo Quaresma back in September, now he is a free agent, should the Reds try to sign the winger who had a brief spell in England with Chelsea?

Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma was part of the same highly rated Sporting Lisbon side in 2002-03 as Cristiano Ronaldo which had clubs racing to sign the pair from across Europe.

Both clinched big moves, but while Ronaldo is challenging for the coveted Ballon d'Or, former teammate Ricardo Quaresma finds himself without a club.

Quaresma signed for Barcelona, but poor form and injury meant he lasted just one season in Spain before a disagreement with coach Frank Rijkaard saw him head back to Portugal with Porto.

He spent four seasons with Porto before heading to Inter Milan, and then on loan to Chelsea, where he failed to make an impression, playing only four times.

He has just been released from his contract with Besiktas in Turkey, where he has endured a two-and-a-half season nightmare.

His spell there saw him involved in a fight with teammate Nihat, and a major row with his boss which saw him sent to the reserves. Back in October Quaresma even threatened to sue the club, and yesterday he was released as a free agent in an 'amicable' agreement.

So where will he go next? Could a move to Liverpool be on the cards?

Back in September the Portuguese winger, who is now 29, was linked with the Reds by the Metro - claiming Brendan Rodgers tried to sign him in the summer but was put off by a £7 million asking price, and had planned to try and get the player to sign a pre-contract agreement in January for next summer, with his contract winding down.

Now he is a free agent, Liverpool could sign him instantly, if Rodgers decides he is still on the shortlist.

Liverpool need wingers, to take the pressure off fatigued Raheem Sterling, and with Stewart Downing expected to be sold. Tom Ince appears likely to sign in January, but adding Quaresma may well be a wise move on a free to add a bit of experience and quality to the mix.

He is not the world beater his former teammate Ronaldo is, but he is talented and if the Reds can get the best out of him for a couple of seasons it will have been a shrewd move. It would be dependent on Liverpool shifting off some wage space; selling Downing and Joe Cole, but it could be feasible.

What do you think? Should Liverpool sign Quaresma on a free?

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