What's happened to £100m Argentine at the World Cup is starting to look like bad news for Liverpool - RTK View
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What's happened to £100m Argentine at the World Cup is starting to look like bad news for Liverpool - RTK View

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few months, you’ll know that Liverpool are set to push hard for a new midfield addition.

There’s near universal agreement that the Reds’ top target in that respect is Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. That’s all well and good and we hope that that particular pursuit ends in success. But Liverpool need more than that.

Their midfield has been neglected to an extent that two or three bodies are now needed. As a result, Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez has emerged as a possible contender to be signed alongside, or as an alternative, to Bellingham.

Now, back before the World Cup that looked like a shrewd kind of idea. Keeping a close watch on a player who had only recently been signed from South America seemed like the kind of outside-of-the-box thinking that Liverpool have been missing.

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Fast forward a couple of months and that no longer looks to be the case. Not only has Fernandez played his way into the Argentina World Cup squad, he has now become a starter in the first XI. Bad news for Liverpool.

Last night’s crucial Group Stage decider against Poland confirmed what Liverpool must have been fearing. The 21-year-old is now in Argentina’s strongest team. With progression confirmed for Lionel Messi and co, Fernandez’s price is going to skyrocket.

Fernandez makes a name for himself

This is the trouble of having a World Cup mid-season. No sooner had Liverpool clasped eyes on Fernandez, he was off making friends on the world stage.

When Benfica signed the young midfielder from River Plate in the summer, they couldn’t have dreamed of a better scenario.

Not only has Enzo helped them to an incredible start to the season, he now looks set to pocket them a serious, serious transfer fee.

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Already too late for Liverpool?

That transfer fee could even be north of £100m. That sounds ludicrous for a player with just 20-odd appearances in European football. But that’s what the World Cup can do.

Prior to the tournament, Liverpool could maybe have expected to pay around half of his reported release clause. Now that he’s forced his way into one of the best national sides on the planet, that seems like a pipe dream. A goal and an assist in three World Cup games is a pretty good advert for his talents.

As well as the costing issues, the Reds will now surely have to contend with additional interest in Fernandez. Whereas before it had seemed as though Manchester United would be their main rivals, you can now expect the big Spanish sides, amongst others, to wade in.

So, perhaps Liverpool should now cast their eyes towards other targets. Fernandez had looked like a potentially perfect addition to the Reds midfield. Once this tournament is said and done though, he may well be out of their reach. Perhaps last night was confirmation that he already is.

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