Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring a midfielder to Liverpool before the transfer window closes, and Benfica’s Enzo Fernandes has been the latest to be included.
With the injuries of Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool’s need for a central midfielder has become.
Jordan Henderson has partnered with James Milner and Harvey Elliott in Klopp’s favorite 4-3-3 system in recent weeks, with 17-year-old Bobby Clarke as the number one substitute in position.
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Borussia Dortmund’s Judd Bellingham and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong are still the subject of interest, but their transfer fees could be prohibitive, and so Liverpool switched their position to Fernandes.
The 21-year-old Argentine joined Benfica from River Plate only in July, and Roger Schmidt has ruled out letting the player leave before the window closes this summer, or at any time this season.
Schmidt: I’m not afraid
“No, I’m not afraid,” he said when asked by Portuguese newspaper Record. “It feels great here, it’s the perfect place to develop.
“He is a great player, a great person, focused, professional, and knows what he is doing when he comes here. Everything came together in time, I think he will be here for a long time, half a year is not enough.”
Benfica’s hand could be forced if Liverpool spend enough money on them – something that has already happened this summer with the arrival of Darwin Nunez for €100m.
Darwin walked the ground with the Reds, came off the bench to score in the Community Shield win over Manchester City and in the opening day’s Premier League draw with Fulham.
He was then suspended for three games, though, after hitting Crystal Palace centre-back Joachim Andersen when the two teams drew 1-1 at Game Week 2.
Benfica have generated close to €150 in player sales this summer, with Roman Yeremchuk and Everton making the biggest profits after Darwin joined Club Brugge and Flamengo respectively.