Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Boca Juniors youngster Ezequiel Fernandez, seeing him as another strong midfield target.
The Reds’ midfield is much-changed these days, with Jurgen Klopp completely rebuilding that area of the pitch in the summer transfer window.
Dominik Szoboszlai has unquestionably been the standout signing to date, but Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch have all impressed at different times, too.
The one criticism that some Liverpool fans have is that a proper defensive midfielder who will start regularly wasn’t brought in, with Endo more of an experienced squad figure than anything.
Fluminense midfielder Andre has emerged as a strong transfer target in recent months, but it looks as though the Reds are also looking at another highly-rated South American youngster.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool are keen on signing Boca start Fernandez, seemingly considering him an option on top of Andre, rather than an alternative to him.
The 21-year-old has already matured into an influential player for his current club, making 19 appearances in the Argentine Primera Division this season.
Our thoughts on Liverpool signing Fernandez…
Fernandez could be a great choice by Liverpool, should they sign him in the January transfer window or even next summer, considering the long-term potential that he possesses.
The Argentine is the out-and-out No.6 that the Reds arguably crave at the moment, even though Mac Allister could grow into that role, and he is even admired by his compatriot, who has called him a player who “understands the game a lot”.
Whether Liverpool need to bring in both Andre and Fernandez is up for debate – it would be hard to see them featuring regularly, given the wealth of midfield options already at Klopp’s disposal – but it would be great to see one of them arrive in January, giving the Merseysiders a little more depth.
Fernandez may only be 21 years of age, but he already has plenty of trust shown in him at club level, and it would be a surprise if he didn’t only improve over the next five or six years, in terms of his physicality, experience and general understanding of the game.