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Liverpool Are Trailing Manchester United In The Race For This Benfica Star: What Should Klopp Do?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, UOL Esporte journalist Bruno Andrade revealed that Liverpool are trailing Manchester United in the race for Benfica ace Enzo Fernandez. It has been mentioned that the Reds have fallen behind Man United in the chase to sign the Argentine sensation who recently won the 2022 FIFA World Cup with his nation.

Fernandez’s Excellent Form For Argentina And Benfica This Season

Fernandez is having the best campaign of his playing career as he has been responsible for performing at a high level in both club and international football. The 21-year-old has registered three goals and five assists in 24 matches for the Portuguese outfit this season across all fronts.

The San Martin-born sensation has given a good account of himself in the middle of the park by averaging 2.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 2.0 shots and 1.9 key passes per 90 minutes in Liga Portugal. He has even taken care of the ball when distributing possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 89.9% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Fernandez is under contract at the Portuguese club until the summer of 2027. Thus, it would take a mammoth offer for Liverpool to stand a chance of landing him when the transfer window commences at the start of next month.


What Should Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Do With Regards To Fernandez?

Fernandez can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life tough for the opposition at the centre of the park. He is usually quick to spot the danger and can offer decent protection for his teammates at the back. Fernandez mainly operates as a box-to-box midfielder but can also fill in as a defensive midfielder or as an attacking midfielder if his manager tells him to do so.

The Argentine talent can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range but has got the vision to engineer some clear-cut chances for his teammates in the final third.

Currently, Fernandez is playing at the top of his game and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at Anfield if Jurgen Klopp can find a way to win the race for his services.

The South American playmaker will enhance the quality of the Merseyside club‘s backline. He might even help the Reds challenge for multiple trophies over the next decade. Therefore, Klopp should focus on stepping up his pursuit to sign Fernandez this winter or at the end of this campaign.

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