Liverpool will, no doubt, be in search of a new holding midfielder in the upcoming January transfer window. The Reds have struggled with the absence of Fabinho due to injury, and it’s imperative that they sign a reliable alternative. One such player could be Arturo Vidal of FC Barcelona. The Chilean is expected to leave Catalonia in January and in this article, we will discuss why Liverpool must consider making a move.
A fierce mentality
Vidal is known for his no-nonsense and robust style of play. He is blessed with immense physical prowess that makes him an intimidating presence in the middle of the park. He knows when to make a tactical foul and is also quite proficient when it comes to reading the ball.
Moreover, Vidal is a leader among men, which could be useful for Liverpool even though they are already chock-full of motivating figures like James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk. His fierce mentality and leadership quality, therefore, could offer Jurgen Klopp with much more substance in midfield.
Ideally suited to Klopp’s system
Vidal would be a perfect addition to Klopp’s Gegenpressing style of football that seeks to rob the opponent ball-carrier of any viable passing options as soon as they receive the ball. The Chilean’s fierce, tenacious mentality, therefore, could tune in well with this aggressive style of play that has made Liverpool one of the most feared teams in Europe.
The Barcelona star could easily slot in any of the three midfield slots in Klopp’s preferred 4-3-3 setup. His willingness to close down opponents coupled with his ability to thread laser passes into the final third makes him an ideal component as the Reds do naturally lack the presence of a true creative force in midfield.
An experienced individual
Vidal is ideally suited to cope with the fast-paced nature of English football, thanks to his robust approach. But, it is his vast experience that could help him quickly integrate into the English top flight.
Indeed, Vidal has already made over 350 competitive appearances during his time in Spain, Germany and Italy. He has also won 113 caps for Chile. And his experience at the highest level of football should be useful for a Liverpool side, who are really in need of someone who can make an instant impact.
Moreover, the Chilean is quite synonymous with success as well, having won three Bundesliga titles, two Copa America titles and a La Liga title among many other trophies. Hence, he can also inject that winning mentality to the Liverpool side, who will be keen on clinching their first-ever Premier League title in the club’s history.
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