Liverpool are targeting two very different profiles of midfielder as they look to conclude their summer business.

Having lost Fabinho this week, the Reds are desperately in need of an out-and-out defensive midfielder. To that end, they’ve been trying – and failing – to agree a deal with Southampton for Romeo Lavia.

However, with Jordan Henderson also now a mere memory at Anfield, they may also need a more box-to-box type addition. With that in mind, Fluminense’s Andre is being targeted. As of today, according to Sky Sports journalist Melissa Reddy via X, Liverpool are in talks with both players.

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“Dialogue open between Southampton and Liverpool over Romeo Lavia. He wants the move but compromise still needed over the fee,” Reddy reports. “LFC working on other options.

“They are in talks with Fluminense for Andre. Clear the club are looking at two profiles: controller, progressive destroyer.”

Liverpool in talks with two

With just a few weeks left of the transfer window, Liverpool still have a fair bit of work to do.

For the time being it would appear that they are trying to do just one of Lavia or Andre. For us, and probably for many fans, this would be a mistake.

Instead, Liverpool don’t have much choice but to target both players. They need the numbers.

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The necessity to get bodies through the door is even more stark when considering that they’re virtually certain to lose Thiago Alcantara at the end of the season.

Unfortunately though, it seems that the powers that be at Liverpool may not agree.

In terms of the two players themselves, they can each probably play the role the other is being targeted for to some degree. With that in mind, it makes even more sense to bring them both in and then rotate them.

Neither Southampton nor Fluminense look especially willing to bend to the Reds here, though. With the Brazilian side keen to retain Andre until the end of their season in December, maybe Liverpool get Lavia now, and the 22-year-old in January. Whatever it takes, let’s get them both please Reds.

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