Ever Banega was instrumental as Sevilla knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League in the round of 16 but was not able to have the same impact in the next round.
Bayern Munich proved capable of squeezing the life out of the Spanish side, winning out 2-1 on aggregate after a 0-0 home draw in the tie’s second leg on Wednesday.
The Argentine, valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, is a classy deep playmaker who can shuttle the ball very effectively from side to side and has shown again this season that he can hold his own in the most refined company in the Champions League.
With Liverpool still looking for a holding midfielder and doubts swirling about the future of Emre Can, maybe it is time for Jurgen Klopp to look in a slightly different direction and go for a calmer influence at the base of midfield to compliment his high-tempo other midfield options.
With 4 key passes and 5 dribbles from the game against Bayern, as he looked to help his side get back into the tie, he has shown that he is capable of having an impact against top class midfielders.
He was not constantly on the ball or always accurate, but that risk and willingness to make something happen is something that is bound to appeal to Klopp.
It would be a diversion from his usual transfer strategy, but Banega could just add another dimension to the Liverpool midfield.