Liverpool are believed to be eyeing a move for Wolves midfielder Mario Lemina in the summer transfer window, according to a new update.
The Reds have had an up-and-down summer in the transfer market, with some highs emerging but plenty of lows also coming to the fore at the same time.
While Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai already look like astute signings by Liverpool, nobody else has come in, with a real void emerging in the defensive midfield position.
That’s because Fabinho and Jordan Henderson were both allowed to move to Saudi Arabia, and in recent days, Chelsea have beaten the Merseysiders to the signings of both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, acting as a major blow.
It does look as though Wataru Endo is set to sign from VfB Stuttgart at any time, however, which does help with squad depth, but another No.6 also has to come in.
The report states that he has made “quite a good impression” at Molineux since arriving from Nice during the January transfer window, with other unnamed Premier League clubs also considering making a move for him.
Our thoughts on Liverpool’s interest in Lemina…
Lemina is a new name added to the list of possible midfield signings for Liverpool before the end of the current window, and he could be an intriguing option to bring in.
The 26-cap Gabon international was impressive for Wolves in their unlucky 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United on Monday night, making three interceptions at Old Trafford and generally helping his side dominate matters in the middle of the park.
At 29, Lemina is arguably older than what Liverpool are looking for, however, especially as Endo is 30 years of age and would represent the experienced squad option.
In Crystal Palace ace Cheick Doucoure, the Reds arguably have a younger, more effective option to try and sign, with the Eagles man a superb performer in front of the defence since joining last summer, also completing three key passes in last Saturday’s 1-0 win away to Sheffield United.
Lemina would certainly have the potential to be a shrewd addition by Jurgen Klopp, especially if the manager himself sees him as the best choice, but they would be better off going all in for Doucoure at this point.