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Liverpool lined up replacement for injuries to sign €59m mix of De Bruyne and Rodri

Liverpool could sign a midfielder that is a mix of Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne and has a very high ceiling on his potential.

The Reds are in a pickle right now, as injuries may force their hand in the transfer market.

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Thiago suffered a hamstring injury in the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Fulham on Saturday. As Jurgen Klopp’s midfield depth is severely tested early in the Premier League season, he joins Curtis Jones (4-8 weeks) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2-3 months) on the sidelines.

While Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly stated this summer that he believes his squad is strong enough in the middle of the park, that stance is currently being severely questioned.

Naby Keita also missed the weekend stalemate at Craven Cottage, but this time due to illness rather than injury.

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The Guinean is expected to return in time for next week’s Monday night clash with Crystal Palace.

This week, I believe, will be decisive in any plans Liverpool may have to sign a new midfielder.

The summer transfer window closes in 23 days, and Liverpool are unlikely to sign Jude Bellingham.

However, there has been significant talk in Portugal that a deal to sign Matheus Nunes could be reached.

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The Portuguese club has already lined up a replacement for Nunes, with Estoril’s Andre Franco arriving as a €4 million option.

According to O Jogo, if Matheus Nunes is sold, Sporting has Franco lined up as a replacement.

Nunes has a very distinct profile, with similar ball-winning ability to Rodri but also the creative capacity of someone like Kevin De Bruyne, making him a very appealing option for Klopp and Julian Ward to consider.

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Liverpool require an RCM to complement Thiago on the left side of the midfield, and Nunes fits the bill.

The only issue I see with this signing is that it could jeopardize a move for Jude Bellingham because they would both play the same role at Anfield.

With Thiago and Jordan Henderson getting older, Liverpool will need two midfielders, and I believe Bellingham is better on the left, so signing Nunes for the right side makes sense.

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