In wake of their latest injury setback, Liverpool may ponder going back on their pre-set transfer market strategy.
Indeed, those are the words of Jurgen Klopp, who is currently without Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Curtis Jones, with other options either too inexperienced or too old to rely on for the remainder of the season.
“It’s not that we deny signing a player if we have a problem with injuries, for example,” Klopp said of Liverpool’s potential transfer market U-turn. But it’s a completely different situation than at the start of preseason, when everyone told me we needed a new midfielder, and not just any midfielder.
“The situation has changed slightly now; we have more injuries.” But it can still come down to finding the right [player], which is difficult. It has nothing to do with the fact that it is already August, and the transfer window closes at the end of August.”
So, if Liverpool is looking for a makeshift midfielder, they could make a move for Lorient’s exciting 22-year-old, who “sets match records every time,” according to Jeoffrey Voltzenlogel.
According to Liverpool.com, Le Fee is gradually establishing himself as a hardworking playmaker in the mold of Thiago.
At the same time, he provides a more mature solution than Elliott and Fabio Carvalho, both of whom are 19 years old.
Le Fee, 22, has three seasons of first-team experience, two of which have been in Ligue 1 after helping Lorient escape from Ligue 2 in the 2019/2020 season.
As a central midfielder, the France starlet averages 3.80 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes, which is slightly higher than Thiago’s 3.21 shot-creating actions. He is also well-rounded, as evidenced by his 2.89 tackles and 23.93 pressures.
In comparison, Thiago averages 3.17 tackles and puts up around 18.99 pressures per game.
Operating in a Lorient side that averaged just 44.2% possession last season, he did not see too much of the ball, so his passing metrics do not directly compare to those sustained by Thiago, who operates as a key man in a mass possession playstyle.
If Klopp is to delve into the market before the deadline in two weeks’ time, a move for Le Fee would be astute and would provide the side with some quality depth in that position.