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Liverpool Are In Pole Position To Land This Benfica Ace: Should Klopp Move In For Him?

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In a recent print edition, Record mentioned that Liverpool are in pole position to land Benfica ace Enzo Fernandez. It has been mentioned that the Reds could face competition in the form of Real Madrid in the race to recruit the Argentina international.

Fernandez’s Decent Run Of Form For Benfica This Season

The 21-year-old has experienced a solid campaign for the Portuguese club as he has put in a lot of impressive displays at the heart of their midfield. Fernandez has scored three goals and secured five assists in 24 appearances for his current club this season in various competitions.

The talented playmaker has been a joy to watch in Portuguese football and deserves some credit for averaging 2.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 2.0 shots and 1.9 key passes per game in Liga Portugal. He has even been careful when distributing possession from midfield after completing 89.9% of his attempted passes in the Portuguese first division (stats via whoscored).

Fernandez is under contract at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica until the summer of 2027. Therefore, the Reds have to make a sizable offer if they are serious about landing the Argentina sensation next year.

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Should Liverpool Head Coach Jurgen Klopp Move In For Enzo Fernandez?

Fernandez can get stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life tough for the opposition in the middle of the park. He can sense the danger quickly to make some crucial interceptions for his side. The Argentina international has got the vision to orchestrate some promising openings for his teammates in the final third and can strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also operate as a holding midfielder or play in the number ten position if needed.

At the moment, Fernandez is making his country proud in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which is taking place in Qatar. He has helped Argentina reach the semifinal stages of the competition where they will now face off against Croatia.

At 21, Fernandez has got the potential to become a world-class player in his position. Hence, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp should focus on moving in for him this January or at the end of this season.

We can expect Fernandez to inject more quality into the Merseyside club‘s midfield department and help them challenge for some major trophies over the next decade. However, it remains to be seen whether the South American midfield ace can cope with the physical side and high intensity of Premier League football if the Reds manage to sign him.

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