According to Correio de Manha via The Mirror, Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes is on Liverpool’s radar as Jurgen Klopp looks to add to his attacking contingent having missed out on signing Lyon’s Nabil Fekir. Could he be the missing piece in the jigsaw?
The midfielder’s release clause of €100million (£87m) is unlikely to be met by either of the aforementioned suitors and Sporting will surely have to negotiate a lower price in order to get the player off their books.
Having already seen the likes of William Carvalho and Rui Patricio leave over the summer in controversial fashion, the Lisbon-based outfit could be set to lose yet another star at the end of the season. What would be their undoubted loss, though, would be of enormous benefit to Jurgen Klopp and his side.
Klopp’s tactical flexibility has seen the Reds flirt with a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-4-2, while also frequenting the 4-3-3 that has helped them become masters of Gegenpressing.
The former has required centre-forward Roberto Firmino to be deployed in the number 10 role while Mohamed Salah has been moved up front. Although the famous front three’s linkup is as glorious as ever, there still remains the lack of an out-and-out playmaker.
Bayern Munich were resolute in their defending at Anfield on Tuesday night and it was clear the home side were crying out for a player who could create something out of nothing and unpick the Bavarians’ defence with a special pass, as pinpointed by frustrated Reds fans below…
However we have certain deficiences ourselves in Midfield especially, not enough creativity or drive, maybe if Shaqiri or even Fabinho who played well in CB was in the middle we would have created and scored. This summer we need another playmaker and a top striker, crucial #lfc
— Ahmet Gocer (@AhmetGocer2) February 19, 2019
I’m not trying to whine about it but how many games have we got a draw only because we don’t have a creative playmaker ? We don’t have a number 10 and it’s hurting us big time ! Fans knew it before the season started but the club didn’t! #YNWA #LFC #UCL #LFCFamily #LIVBAY
— Ali RKO4ALL (@RKO4ALL) February 19, 2019
Worrying thing is that the longer the game has gone on the worse the Liverpool performance got. Similar to the season as a whole. Paying now for not investing in a playmaker who can unlock defences. When plan A fails Klopp has nothing! #LFC #Reality
— David Fitzmaurice (@Fitzie77) February 19, 2019
This has been a weakness of Liverpool’s since the departure of Philippe Coutinho and Klopp surely feels this needs addressing. Fekir was intended to plug this gap but a switch to Merseyside never materialised and so the title challengers remain an incomplete puzzle.
Are fan nerves to blame for Liverpool’s recent form? Pl>ymaker FC’s Tom Skinner discusses in the video below…
If Manchester City prove too good once again this term, the signing of 24-year-old Fernandes, who has chalked up an impressive 21 goals and 11 assists in 2018/19, could be the addition that takes the Reds beyond their title rivals next season.