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Liverpool Are Keeping Tabs On This Benfica Midfielder: Should Klopp Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent segment with Caughtoffside, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano mentioned that Liverpool are keeping tabs on Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez. It has been mentioned that the Reds are eyeing a move for the Argentina international next year.

Fernandez’s Brilliant Form In Portuguese Football This Season

Fernandez has experienced an encouraging campaign at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica as he has put in a handful of impressive performances at the heart of their midfield. The talented midfield ace has registered three goals and five assists in 24 appearances for the Portuguese outfit this season on all fronts.

The Argentina international has been a reliable performer at the centre of the park based on his average of 2.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 2.0 shots and 1.9 key passes per game in Liga Portugal. Fernandez has even been careful when distributing possession from midfield as evidenced by his pass success rate of 89.9% in league football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Benfica is set to run out in the summer of 2027. Furthermore, he recently helped Argentina win the 2022 FIFA World Cup trophy in Qatar. Hence, it won’t be easy for Liverpool to convince the Portuguese club to part ways with their prized asset next year.

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Should Liverpool Head Coach Jurgen Klopp Get Fernandez On Board?

Fernandez can get stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition in the middle of the park. He can sense the danger well to earn the ball back for his team on the defensive end of the pitch.

The Argentine talent can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range and has got the vision to engineer some decent chances in the final third. He is a hard-working midfielder who is a tidy passer of the ball from midfield. However, only time will tell whether he can cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football.

Someone of Fernandez’s quality will no doubt enhance the quality of Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp‘s midfield. He would even help the Reds challenge for some top honours over the next few years.

At 21, Fernandez has already proven his worth at the highest level by becoming a world champion with Argentina. Thus, it makes a lot of sense for the Merseyside club to get the Benfica whizkid on board this January or at the end of this campaign even if it means launching a big-money offer for him.

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