Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has tipped the Reds to sign Napoli powerhouse Fabian Ruiz in an attempt to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.
The 23-year-old Serie A starlet was recently linked with a move to Liverpool amid reports from The Mail and Heskey reckons that the Premier League champions-elect would thrive with someone of Ruiz’s calibre added to Klopp’s armoury.
He said: “Fabian Ruiz looks like a phenomenal player and Liverpool’s midfield is an area that needs strengthening a little bit with it ageing,” as quoted by The Mirror.
“A player like that would be good for Liverpool. Someone who can drive from the midfield, someone who can create stuff – he is a player that I’m sure Liverpool would love to have.”
Right player, wrong price
Having established himself as one of Napoli’s most-reliable midfield generals, the Spaniard netted five goals and bagged five assists in 20 starts last season.
Ruiz’s versatility is something that would seriously impress Klopp. The former La Liga starlet has played in five positions so far this season, popping up on left and right midfield as well as in the middle, in front of the defence and behind the striker.
However, The Express have reported that if claims are true and Liverpool are interested in Ruiz then the Reds would have to fork out up to £74m move to lure the midfielder to Anfield.
This is an eye-watering figure for someone in Ruiz’s position and also for a player who does not boast a hugely impressive goal-output.
It is just far too much money and would immediately put off Michael Edwards who is notoriously known as one of the shrewdest recruiters in the business.