Liverpool have reportedly entered the race to sign Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his first-team squad.
According to Spanish publication Fichajes, the Reds are set to rival Arsenal for the signature of the 27-year-old this summer following his string of impressive displays for both club and country.
He made 35 appearances for Betis in La Liga as they finished in a lofty sixth position and was also a regular for Argentina at the Copa America, helping the South American giants end their 28-year wait for a major international trophy.
Rodriguez only joined Los Verdiblancos from the Mexican side America 12 months ago, quickly establishing himself as a crucial cog in Manuel Pellegrini’s setup.
As per WhoScored, the £19.8m-rated beast made an average of 2.8 tackles per league game last term, 1.9 interceptions and 0.4 blocks, placing him in the top three compared to his teammates for each metric.
The 6 ft 1 defensive midfielder would be a quality addition to Jurgen Klopp’s ranks then, providing the German tactician with genuine strength in depth, something he hasn’t had the luxury of during his six-year stay at Anfield.
Injuries to multiple key players and a drop-off in form for other regular starters seriously hampered Liverpool’s progress last season.
However, arguably what was more costly for the 19-time English champions was the lack of quality replacements readily available for Klopp to turn to.
While eventual champions Manchester City were able to call upon the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling to replace the injured Sergio Aguero, the former Borussia Dortmund boss had no such luxury.
In the modern era, it’s almost impossible to compete for football’s major honours on a regular basis without a deep squad laden with talent, and Rodriguez’s arrival would propel Liverpool towards that level.
Although Fabinho currently does a stellar job at the base of the Reds’ engine room, the Betis ace would allow the Brazil international to be rested, providing cover and competition where there currently is very little.
Therefore, if the club’s transfer budget allows, director of football Michael Edwards must swoop for him this summer, providing Klopp with the tools he needs to return the club to the summit of the Premier League.