Liverpool are interested in signing Benfica star Enzo Fernandez, with a fresh report claiming the midfielder is being actively ‘targeted’ by the Reds.
The Lowdown: Reds’ midfield struggles
Jurgen Klopp’s side have had a tough season to date, with many things going wrong from continuous injuries to some dire performances on the pitch.
Liverpool’s midfield has arguably looked like their most jaded and ageing area, with the likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho looking past their best and struggling for energy.
The Latest: Fernandez being eyed up
Described as Benfica’s ‘engine’, Fernandez has enjoyed an 89.8% pass completion rate in the Primeira Liga this season, as well as an average of 1.9 tackles per game.
The Verdict: Superb long-term option
Fernandez is exactly the type of player that Liverpool are crying out for, possessing young legs, an ability to cover ground and a versatile skill-set in midfield, ranking highly in the Portuguese top flight in terms of shots, key passes and tackles.
He has already made a huge impact at Benfica since joining from River Plate back in January, with manager Roger Schmidt describing him as a ‘complete’ player, and he should only improve further.
If Liverpool could snap up Fernandez in January it would be an added bonus, but if not, a summer switch in 2023 could be the first step towards rebuilding Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. Others would be needed, too, however, and Jude Bellingham would be a dream partner for the Benfica man.
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