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Liverpool Target Not For Sale As Fiorentina Remain Reluctant: What Should Be Klopp’s Play?

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According to Liverpool Echo, Fiorentina chiefs have ruled out selling World Cup breakout star Sofyan Amrabat which will force Liverpool into looking for other options in the winter transfer market before it comes to an end. The Reds are looking to bolster their midfield areas which sought Klopp to identify Amrabat as a decent option but since the Italian outfit have reiterated that they will not be selling their midfielder this season, it will now see the Reds go for alternatives.

Amrabat’s Campaign With Fiorentina So Far This Season

After enduring a difficult spell with La Viola last season Amrabat has regained his confidence in the central areas of the pitch as he has had more play-time compared to his previous campaign. The defensive midfielder has appeared in 18 matches for the Italian outfit this season becoming a key member of Vincenzo Italiano’s side.

The Moroccan sensation has been reliable and consistent in the holding midfield position after averaging 1.2 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 0.5 clearances per game in Serie A. He has also been tidy with the ball distribution as evident from his pass completion rate of 90.8% in the Italian top-flight (stats via whoscored).


Amrabat’s contract with the Italian side lasts until the July of 2024, so it makes sense for the Serie A club to hold on to him, especially after his impressive performances in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which has garnered a lot of attention.

What Should Be The Play For Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp?

Questions regarding his credibility to play at the highest level have now been answered most splendidly from his recent showing which also saw Amrabat heavily linked with a winter move to Anfield, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. His impressive performances in the World Cup held in Qatar have also secured his long-term future with Fiorentina which will rule out the possibility of him only providing cover from the bench.

Senior figures at the Italian outfit are reluctant on selling the 26-year-old this month and they’ve repeated their standpoint that he is not for sale.

“I can now confirm that Sofyan Amrabat and Nico Gonzalez are not for sale”, the club’s CEO, Joe Barone, told Dazn. “The president (Rocco) Commisso already said that. I can confirm the same for both Gonzalez and Amrabat.”

This deals a huge blow to the Reds, however, they are not short of options in the transfer market to bolster their midfield department and Jurgen Klopp will need to identify another reinforcement to bring him aboard successfully.

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