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Liverpool Identify This Benfica Star As A Top Target: What Will He Bring To Anfield?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Marca revealed that Liverpool have identified Benfica star Enzo Fernandez as a top target. It has been claimed that the Reds are prioritizing on getting a deal done for the Argentine talent next year.

Fernandez’s Excellent Form At Benfica This Season

Fernandez has enjoyed an impressive campaign for the Portuguese outfit after he produced a string of solid performances at the centre of their midfield. The 21-year-old has found the back of the net on three occasions and picked up five assists in 24 matches for Benfica this season across various competitions.

The gifted playmaker has been a consistent performer for the Portuguese giants as he is averaging 2.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 2.0 shots and 1.9 key passes per 90 minutes in Liga Portugal. Fernandez has even been accurate when distributing the ball from midfield based on his pass completion rate of 89.9% in the Portuguese top tier (stats via whoscored).

The Argentine sensation’s current contract at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica until 2027. Plus, he is having a terrific 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament with Croatia. Hence, the Reds will have to launch a big-money offer if they want to win the race to sign Fernandez next year.

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What Will Fernandez Bring To Liverpool?

Fernandez is a solid tackler of the ball and can read the danger quickly to secure the ball back for his team at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when needed and has got the eye to play a few decisive passes on the attacking end of the field. The Argentine talent can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range and can contribute by scoring and creating his fair of goals going forward. He mainly functions as a box-to-box midfielder but can also play in the number ten position or serve as a defensive midfielder if asked to do so.

Currently, Fernandez is playing at the top of his game and is well-equipped to make an instant impact at Anfield if Liverpool can find a way to bring him on board this winter or at the end of this campaign.

At 21, Fernandez has got the potential to become one of the best players in his position someday. Thus, Jurgen Klopp would be wise to snap him up as he will bring a lot of quality to his midfield department. Fernandez could even help the Merseyside club challenge for multiple trophies over the next decade.

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