What’s all the fuss about Emilio Izaguirre?

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is reportedly interested in bringing Celtic’s Honduran defender Emilio Izaguirre to Anfield.

The 24 year-old left-back signed for the Hoops from Motagua in his homeland in a £600,000 deal last summer and has made 21 appearances for the Glasgow side this season.

With Celtic apparently sticking a £10m price tag on Izaguirre’s head after little more than six months in Scotland, it shows how highly manager Neil Lennon rates the diminutive defender.

Arguably Celtic’s best player this season, the Honduran has impressed with his pin-point crosses, running, dribbling, ability to take on his man and his role in setting up crucial goals.

His most recent contribution was to set up striker Gary Hooper’s second goal during the 3-0 win over Rangers on Sunday. The left-back ran from inside his own box, beat the offside trap spectacularly and played a delightful ball across the box for the English forward to poke home.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was at Sunday’s game to cast his eye over the World Cup star, whilst Manchester United supremo Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at the 2-2 draw between the Old Firm earlier in the month to see whether or not the defender could be a potential long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.

But with the Frenchman having signed a new deal in the past few days, it seems like Liverpool could be the Honduran’s next destination.

And with Glen Johnson out of form and Paul Konchesky out on loan, Izaguirre may soon be moving to pastures new.

“He’s incredible,” Celtic boss Neil Lennon said recently. “He’s had an incredible season. He gives me the heebie-jeebies sometimes. He just wants to play, he does Cruyff turns in his own box at times but he’s been wonderful.

“Our chief scout John Park saw him play in the World Cup for Honduras and he brought us some DVDs. We had a good look at him and I thought ‘yeah, he looks decent’.

“But again, you just don’t know what you are going to get. You don’t know the temperament is going to be like, what the character is going to be like and we’re very lucky because what we’ve got is very solid.”


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