Liverpool to submit official €33.7M bid to sign 5ft9 midfielder that would solve all of their problems.
Liverpool are dealing with a midfield injury crisis, which they may try to solve with a transfer before the September 1 transfer deadline.
Despite having four midfielders out injured, Jurgen Klopp’s side isn’t in a season-threatening position yet, but any further injuries could call their title credentials into question.
The German already has Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago, and Naby Keita out, though the latter is just ill and will return soon, despite concerns about his injury record.
Some sections of the media reacted angrily to Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Fulham on the first day of the new Premier League season.
However, some fans are concerned that Liverpool lacks the midfield firepower to match their quality in goal, defense, and attack.
Manchester City beat Liverpool to the Premier League title last season due to a difference in class in midfield.
It’s too early to predict how well Liverpool will perform this season, but more depth and quality in the midfield is required.
Even though Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott are very exciting, the drop-off in class from Fabinho and Thiago to the rest is quite stark.
The Liverpool Echo has reported that Liverpool will “launch a €40M bid” (approximately €33.7M depending on the exchange rate) for AC Milan star Ismael Benaccer.
The midfielder has a €50 million (£42 million) release clause in his contract and checks all of Klopp’s boxes for a midfielder.
He works hard, is technically sound, wins the ball with alarming regularity, can drive through midfield, and isn’t afraid to throw his body around.
Most importantly, the 5ft9 Algerian is very press resistant and doesn’t often make errors which is obviously important for an elite team.
The biggest hurdle will be convincing AC Milan to sell right before they begin their Serie A title defence next weekend.
The Italians added Divock Origi to their squad this summer after his Liverpool contract expired following a very memorable career on Merseyside that spanned 8 years.