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Pablo Fornals is the Fekir alternative Liverpool should target in January

Pablo Fornals is the Fekir alternative Liverpool should target in January

The latest reports suggest Liverpool are considering activating the release clause of Hoffenheim star – Kerem Demirbay.

Liverpool could be in the market for a number ten in January with Jurgen Klopp’s midfield desperately lacking creativity in recent weeks. The Reds are yet to replace Philippe Coutinho, and a move for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir is showing no sign of revival. Reports suggest Klopp could turn to Demirbay as the ideal alternative for the Frenchman.

Klopp managed the Germany international during his time and is believed to be a massive fan of the playmaker. Demirbay is managed by the same agency as Sadio Mane and Naby Keita which could boost his chances of a move to Anfield. However, Liverpool should instead focus on luring Villarreal star, Pablo Fornals, to Merseyside.

Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old has become a key player for the Yellow Submarine after leaving Malaga back in 2015. Fornals enjoyed a sensational season last year, scoring four goals and notching 13 assists in all competitions. The youngster’s creativity is exactly what Liverpool need to get their forwards firing again.

Fornals has the quality to unlock a defence with his wonderful range of passing, averaging 1.5 key passes per game in La Liga this season. He is also extremely versatile and would have no trouble slotting into Klopp’s 4-3-3 system. The German’s gegenpressing philosophy should also not be a problem with Fornals averaging 1.6 tackles per game from attacking midfield this season (WhoScored).

Still young and developing, the Spaniard would only get better under Klopp’s tutelage.

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