This season will go down in history as the one where Liverpool actually nearly did it, but in the end, missed out as always.
One point is all that separated Liverpool from claiming their first ever Premier League title as the Reds accumulated 97 points in a season that saw many believe that this year really would be their year, but when Manchester City are in contention, you’re bound to lose out.
And with a Champions League final left to play, attentions are turning to the summer transfer window for fans and for Jurgen Klopp, and the overwhelming theme so far with players Liverpool have been linked with is young and immensely promising, and no player encapsulates that more than Gedson Fernandes.
According to the Mirror, the Reds are in the race for the Benfica midfielder who has had a breakthrough year with the Primeira Liga leaders, making 46 appearances for the Portuguese super club and making a name for himself as one of the hottest midfield prospects in world football.
With a reported price tag of £35 million, what would the potential consequences be of Fernandes making the move to Merseyside?
Milner replacement found
With midfield veteran James Milner coming to the end of his days – whether he remains on Merseyside or not – Klopp will have a ready-made replacement in Fernandes if the German is able to lure the 20-year-old to Merseyside.
Although he is naturally a central-midfielder, Fernandes has found use in the Benfica side for his ability to play in multiple positions for the Primeira Liga side, something Milner made a name for himself at whilst at Liverpool, making him a perfect replacement for one of the Reds most important players in recent years.
Another future star comes to Liverpool
At 20, Fernandes’ has the potential to develop into one of the world’s best if he is coached under Klopp, and with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez already impressing at young ages, Liverpool will have yet another future star at the club.
The Portuguese U-21 international will benefit massively developing at a club like Liverpool where he will see first-team minutes and be able to grow alongside players his own age, giving Fernandes the chance to make a name for himself on Merseyside.
Liverpool fans, would Fernandes be a good summer signing? Let us know!