Liverpool are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes to help ease their midfield crisis, according to a new transfer rumour.
The Lowdown: Reds’ midfield crisis
The Reds were beaten 2-1 by rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night, in what was a putrid performance from start to finish.
The midfield was arguably the biggest issue, with Jordan Henderson and James Milner out of sorts, and the likes of Thiago, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all out injured.
The need for a new midfielder to come in this summer is increasing all the time and it looks as though Jurgen Klopp could be addressing the problem.
The Latest: Paredes linked with move
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool see Paredes as a potential option this summer, with the 28-year-old not a guaranteed starter at PSG and playing just 49 minutes of Ligue 1 action so far this season.
Keita’s injury is thought to have altered the Reds’ decision about a new signing and Paredes is seen as the replacement.
Roma and Juventus are also eyeing the Argentina international.
The Verdict: Panic buy or shrewd signing?
Paredes is an interesting target, with the midfielder possessing a huge amount of experience in his career, winning 44 caps for Argentina and making 117 appearances for PSG.
At 28, the reigning and three-time Ligue 1 champion is not a young player and injuries have hampered him in the past, however, so there would be a clear risk element in bringing him into an already fitness-plagued Liverpool squad.
Paredes’ quality isn’t an issue, though – former PSG man Fabrice Pancrate has said his ‘tempo is perfect’, suggesting a coolness and composure on the ball that may remind Reds fans of Thiago.
Indeed, he ranks in the 99th percentile amongst midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues for passes and pass completion, also coming in at the 89th mark for progressive passes, suggesting he isn’t just taking the easy option (FBRef).
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