Reported Liverpool target Bruno Fernandes would suit the Reds better than Nabil Fekir.
A Bola in Portugal say that the Sporting midfielder interests Liverpool, although they face a fight. The outlet also mentions Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the race.
We know that Liverpool have some interest in signing a creative, goal-scoring, attack-minded midfielder. They were close to signing Nabil Fekir a year ago, of course, only for the deal to fall through.
But Fernandes may suit the Reds better than Fekir could. The Frenchman is a ‘number 10’, for one thing, necessitating a formation that allows him to play in the hole. Liverpool typically don’t, although they did experiment with 4-2-3-1 during the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side look much better in a 4-3-3, however. It’s the system that resulted in a 97-point Premier League season and, eventually, a victorious Champions League campaign.
Fernandes would fit right in, preferring to play a more withdrawn role in the middle of the pitch, unlike Fekir. According to Whoscored.com, 15 of his 23 goals in Liga Nos and the Europa League came from withdrawn positions. 11 of his 13 assists, too.
Bruno Fernandes on Liverpool
Fernandes himself has spoken of his preference for Liverpool’s style, too, in comparison to Manchester City.
“I like Liverpool a lot more, it’s a more direct, more offensive, maybe less organized, but more intense football, when you do not have the ball possession you are more intense,” he told Record.
Liverpool could slot him right into their current system, then – a huge benefit when spending big on any player.
And the Reds would have to spend big; the Mirror claims Sporting want £71m for their captain.
If they still want an attack-minded midfielder, though, the broken-down deal for Fekir may prove to be a blessing in disguise.