Liverpool almost certainly can’t do better than Marcelo Brozovic right now. The Croatian feels like their perfect signing in 2022.
Liverpool lost a key player this summer in Gini Wijnaldum. His contract with the Reds came to an end and they weren’t able to find a new agreement.
With that, the Reds found a hole in their squad with nothing to show for it. Wijnaldum was the all-around, reliable midfielder that held things together.
While the likes of Thiago are phenomenal in their own right, Liverpool certainly lost a controlling presence in their midfield. Someone who could do the quiet, unglamorous things to a high level.
We saw that against West Ham United on Sunday. Liverpool struggled to stop transitions and lost control of the game. It’s something that Wijnaldum, at his best, would have helped with.
And that’s why we think Liverpool must look at Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatian could be a perfect replacement.
Marcelo Brozovic to Liverpool?
Brozovic is out of contract in the summer and, per Corriere della Sera (via Sport Mediaset), Internazionale can’t find an agreement. He wants around £5m per year net.
Brozovic could well leave for nothing, like Wijnaldum.
And we think Liverpool should push to the front of the queue. They’re unlikely to find a better replacement for their key Dutchman.
Defensively, he adds that bite in transition that Liverpool lack. He wins over two tackles per game at the moment, with over an interception, too.
With the ball, Brozovic is fairly creative. He usually works a shot for a teammate at least once per game, while his pass completion rate is outstanding.
Brozovic completes around 92% of his passes – a phenomenal rate. Importantly, this was something Wijnaldum did that people massively underrate.
He’d regularly keep the ball better than anyone else in the Premier League. Wijnaldum boasted the fifth-best percentage last season, with only centre-backs and a holding midfielder ahead of him.
Funnily enough, that percentage was also 92%.
Wijnaldum left a gap in the Liverpool squad but 28-year-old Brozovic could fill it. If the coming months continue to show there’s a weak centre in this team, a January contract offer is surely on the cards.
Its hard to believe they’ll find a more obvious replacement.