Liverpool had a quiet summer when it came to making signings, despite letting go of one of their most reliable midfielders in Gini Wijnaldum who made the move from Merseyside to Paris St Germain.
However, there’s a chance that Klopp may have seen the light after several injury and fitness issues in the midfield that have been plaguing the side since Wijnaldum’s departure.
According to Fichajes, Liverpool are interested in signing 25-year-old Napoli midfielder, Fabian Ruiz.
Liverpool will have competition to secure the Spaniard’s signature as his connection to Ancelotti has caused constant speculation of a Real Madrid move, meaning Jurgen Klopp will need to act fast in making him an offer he can’t refuse.
The report claims that Ruiz would be the ‘ideal candidate’ to become a key part of the Liverpool midfield, as the club does not want to fall back into the problems of the past before Klopp’s arrival at the club, and will hope to continue to dominate in their winning ways.
The £40.5m-rated gem has gained interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Barcelona, as he continues to impress for Napoli with five goals and three assists in eighteen appearances so far for the Serie A side.
Ruiz was hailed a “very talented” player by his former coach, Carlos Ancelotti, an appraisal that sums up why a move for the Spaniard must be made.
There is no doubt Liverpool have felt the sting of losing Wijnaldum, in the sense of his availability and fitness, which is something that most of their midfielders have proved they can’t offer enough of this season. However, the reason Klopp may not have felt the need to replace Wijnaldum is that the Liverpool midfield is full of incredible talent.
Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Curtis Jones, to name a few, have delivered outstanding performances this season with the former most notably scoring a screamer against Porto in the Champions League. Jones is another to dominate the Portuguese opposition, registering two assists in the first fixture.
However, their inconsistencies with fitness and habits of picking up knocks means they can’t be always relied on to be fit for games where vital points are needed. Thus, Ruiz could come in and finally fill the Wijnaldum shaped hole in the middle of the park.
Liverpool are still in every single competition available to them, including the FA Cup and Champions League, meaning these reliability issues are a big concern for the manager, which is why bringing in a fresh pair of legs with bags of potential to become a consistent midfielder for the Reds could be the difference between winning trophies or missing out for another season.
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