Liverpool have been linked with a move for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez.
What’s the word?
That is according to CaughtOffside, who have relayed a report from Spanish outlet Todo Fichajes, with the ever-reliable transfer-guru that is Fabrizio Romano informing CaughtOffside of his verdict in relation to the potential Anfield addition.
Whilst Romano claims that Liverpool are likely to be in the market for a midfielder in the summer of 2023, he insists that he has heard no concrete claims on Jurgen Klopp’s side targeting Rodriguez.
In response to the links, Romano said this: “Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez is the latest midfielder being linked with Liverpool. As I’ve said before, I think we can expect a lot of speculation of this kind, but my understanding is that this story is simply more speculation.
“At the moment, I have no concrete confirmations on any talk between Liverpool and Guido Rodriguez – I think he’s very good player but they need a top, top player in the midfield to bring in new energy and quality.
“As I wrote last week, it’s common knowledge that Liverpool want a top midfield signing in 2023, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to know for sure who they’ll bring in.”
New energy and quality
There is one thing for sure. Rodriguez would certainly bring energy to Klopp’s side, with his average of 22.05 pressures and 5.06 tackles + interceptions per 90 key indicators of his work-rate out of possession.
The Argentina international, being a defensive-minded midfielder, could well see him serve as Jordan Henderson’s long-term replacement, with the 27-year-old perhaps at that perfect age to fill the boots of the 32-year-old who has seen his minutes managed more this season.
There is a lot to like about Rodriguez, and although Romano has stated that Liverpool’s interest in the former Club America man is not concrete, you could not rule out the signing of a defensively excellent and technical talent.