The agent of Barcelona striker Keirrison has revealed that it is highly unlikely his client will be joining Liverpool on loan in the January transfer window.
Recent reports claimed that Keirrison, 21, could cancel his loan spell with Benfica in order to sign for Rafael Benitez, who was linked with a move for the striker before he joined Barcelona in July 2009.
The Spanish champions paid €14 million to recruit the highly-rated Keirrison from Palmeiras and loaned him to Benfica. However, his progress has not been as quick as anticipated and he has made only five appearances this season with Javier Saviola and Oscar Cardozo striking up a prolific partnership for the Portuguese club.
Keirrison’s agent, Naor Malaquias, believes that a loan move to Liverpool could be counter-productive.
“That would be a very nice place to go but I think that we should talk directly with Barcelona to see if they have the interest to loan him to Liverpool,” Malaquias told ESPN Soccernet. “I don’t have any information about [interest from] Liverpool but it could be a pleasure to play in this club.
“It is difficult because the position of Keirrison at Benfica is hard because Cardozo and Saviola are doing a very good job. He is young, he arrived at the club and now he doesn’t have many opportunities to play.
“I don’t think that going to Liverpool will change this position because Liverpool is a very big club with very good strikers so I think that the same situation could happen. So I don’t think that for Barcelona that would be a very nice change. They want a club that he could have minutes to play and I don’t think that Liverpool is this club.”
Malaquias also played down the possibility of the Brazilian making a return to his homeland.
“I think that is a difficult transfer right now because Keirrison has a contract with Benfica and Barcelona has a contact with Benfica,” Malaquias said. “They don’t have the interest right now to change the player. I think that it would be a very difficult transfer. There is no club that has made a real offer to Barcelona or to Benfica.”