Liverpool fans used to watching Glen Johnson commit defensive hari kiri on a weekly basis will doubtless have been pleased to come across the news that Barcelona’s Dani Alves is an Anfield ‘target’.
However, with their lopsided attacking skillsets, Brazilian full-backs have often made monkeys of their Premier League purchasers in the past.
Signed two years after he’d slotted home a penalty in the Selecao’s World Cup Final victory over Italy at USA 1994, Branco’s Middlesbrough stay wrote the short prologue to the cautionary tale of importing the nation’s wide-defenders.
Waistband issues marred his spell on Teesside, which lasted just nine games.
Then there was Gilberto (da Silva Melo), whose stunted spell at Tottenham started inauspiciously when he was replaced by Jamie O’Hara at half-time on his debut, having gifted PSV a goal.
Maicon arrived at Manchester City just two years after Gareth Bale had knocked his ‘best full-back in the world’ crown skewwhiff.
Seemingly never fit even a place on the bench was a pipe dream for the Roma man when Micah Richards wasn’t in the treatment room.
Then there was Arsenal’s Andre Santos, a laughing stock who managed to pull the wool over even notorious transfer miser Arsene Wenger’s eyes.
Yes there have been successes to go along with the failures and the fact that Barcelona have been involved in their transfers should offer Liverpool fans a modicum of reassurance.
Juliano Belletti was a reliable servant for Chelsea, for all he was often employed in central midfield.
Meanhwhile, Sylvinho, who left Arsenal for Catalunya, was a fairly unimpeachable performer for the Gunners.
However, given the epic nature of Brazilian Premier League full-back fails in the past, the men from Merseyside would still be advised to proceed with caution.
Liverpool are 3/1 third-favourites to win the Premier League without Manchester City and Chelsea in 2014/15.