According to Portuguese newspaper, via The Express, Liverpool might revisit the possibility of signing Hector Herrera in January.
Valued at £35million, Hector Herrera might be a winter transfer target for Liverpool after the Reds looked at other options in the summer, with Georginio Wijnaldum signing from Newcastle for £25 million.
With Herrera’s release clause stipulating a minimum bid of £35million, it’s not hard to see why Klopp signed Gini Wijnaldum for £10 million less than what it would’ve taken to sign Herrera. That being said, the report claims that Liverpool are interested in signing the Porto midfielder but will face competition from Napoli.
Jurgen Klopp is looking to provide cover for Sadio Mane and Herrera is well suited to a wide midfielder role, despite not being an orthodox winger. Looking at how Klopp has maximised Adam Lallana’s potential and is pushing Philippe Coutinho onto greater heights, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Liverpool employ the same tactics as last season when Mane’s pace wasn’t there to be exploited.
Herrera is a very nuanced player and would suit the subtleties of Liverpool’s interchanging midfield system. While the Mexican may be a very skillful and technical player, he’s similar to Coutinho and Lallana in that he enjoys the fight of a midfield battle and wouldn’t be intimidated by the physicality of the Premier League. This aspect of his play will appeal to Klopp, whose pressing system has revolutionised an underperforming Liverpool team.
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Herrera likes to dribble but is prone to overplaying and is known to lose the ball in dangerous areas, leaving his team exposed at the back. This aspect of his play will be something that Klopp looks to hone if he makes a move for the Mexican midfielder.
Another thing that Herrera will be pushed by Klopp to improve on is his goal contribution. According to Whoscored.com, the midfielder has only one goal and one assist in 16 appearances for club and country this season.
The authenticity of this story, being reported by A Bola, needs to be called into question but if Klopp looks to bring Herrera on board, he’d make a fine addition to what is a team bursting with talent.