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Renato Sanches could be an unlikely replacement for Oxlade-Chamberlain next season

Renato Sanches could be an unlikely replacement for Oxlade-Chamberlain next season

Liverpool fans were dealt a cruel blow earlier in the month.

Liverpool’s world-record signing of Alisson Becker from Roma caused a huge stir on Merseyside. So much so that news regarding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury which is set to sideline him for the entirety of the 2018/19 season slipped under the radar. After making the £35m switch from Arsenal last summer, the England international became a key player under Klopp before his injury against Manchester City.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury is a huge blow to the German’s plans as the 24-year-old had taken the creative responsibility following Philippe Coutinho’s departure. The extent of his injury could force Klopp back into the market for a midfielder if he doesn’t revive his interest in Nabil Fekir. Adam Lallana’s fitness has been a problem in recent seasons, and Georginio Wijnaldum has been linked with an Anfield exit.

One option he could consider is Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, valued at £18m by Transfermarkt. The Portugal international burst on to the scene at Euro 2016 following a brilliant season at Benfica. His performances at the tournament earned him a £31.5m move to the Bundesliga after scooping the European Golden Boy award.

His first season in Germany didn’t go to plan, and he was loaned to Swansea last year. Sanches started just nine games in the Premier League after falling out of favour under two different managers. Despite his troubles in England, the youngster could be a huge success within a new environment under Klopp’s tutelage.

The 20-year-old needs to rediscover the confidence that made him one of the most sought-after teenagers in world football just two years ago. If Sanches can find his feet on Merseyside, Klopp would have an excellent rotation option on his hands.

Liverpool fans, thoughts?

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