This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Liverpool may move their deal for Genk’s Sander Berge forward to January following Fabinho’s injury, according to The Mirror.
The Brazilian midfielder sustained ligament damage during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw in the Champions League against Napoli, which is expected to keep him out beyond the New Year.
If his recovery does not go as well as is hoped, the club could make a January move for Berge to help ease the burden left by his absence.
It is expected that the deal would cost around £18m, with the 21-year-old’s contract keeping him at the Belgian outfit coming to an end in the summer of 2021.
If Berge were to be brought to Anfield, then he would have big shoes to fill while acting as the replacement for Fabinho.
The 26-year-old has been an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s side, starting 16 games across the Premier League and Champions League, coming off the bench once, scoring one goal and getting two assists so far this season.
His importance is measured in much more than goal contributions though, as he has been solid defensively, averaging 2.5 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 0.8 clearances per league game.
In addition, he has been efficient on the ball, maintaining a pass success rate of 86.1%, while also averaging 1.1 key passes per game.
This indicates just how big a task it could prove to be for Berge to fill in for the Brazilian if he is given the opportunity to join Liverpool.
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