Luis Garcia

Liverpool legend Luis Garcia has told IBTimes UK that Brendan Rodgers should target Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez this summer.

Garcia, who earned immortality at Anfield by scoring the 'ghost goal' against Chelsea in 2005, told us that his time at Anfield was the best of his career and he still supports the Reds, watching every Liverpool game.

The Spaniard also said that Suarez could add the missing ingredient to Rodgers' team with his physical presence and composure at the base of midfield.

When asked to name one player Liverpool should sign from La Liga this summer, Garcia said: "Mario Suárez. I love him.

"He has just returned to action after an injury but he is great. For me he would be ideal for Liverpool. He's a midfielder with great physical presence but as well he has a technique that would suit Liverpool ideally.

"He would be perfect for the Premier League because as well as being strong he has that touch of quality that makes the difference."

Suarez, 26, won two caps for Spain this year and is in contention for a place in the country's World Cup squad after a string of impressive performances for Atletico this season.

Similar in style to Sergio Busquets and Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, he is renowned for his tackling and his unfussy distribution when in possession.

Garcia played at Liverpool with renowned compatriots such as Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina, and he believes there are still many great players for Liverpool to choose from in Spain.

"There are many good players here in Spain. Liverpool are searching for the highest calibre of player and it's difficult to sign them" he told IBTimes UK.

"It's great to sign players with potential, like Luis Alberto (who was signed last summer)."

Liverpool have recently been linked with some La Liga players, including Sevilla sensation Ivan Rakitic or Real Socied's Antoine Griezmann. Garcia claims that the Croatian would also be an amazing signing for the Reds.

"Rakitic is a great player, a great example [of the type of quality available in Spain].He's at another level, and he's demonstrating it in every game."