Liverpool were offered the chance to sign Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez last summer for just £15million whilst he was playing for River Plate.
According to Paul Joyce’s recent segment in The Times, the Reds opted against a cut-price deal for the Argentinian who instead signed for Portuguese outfit Benfica. Just six months later, and after playing a key role in Argentina’s World Cup win, Fernandez joined the Blues for a whopping £105million.
Since signing for Chelsea, the 22-year-old has made 23 appearances and registered two assists. His performances go beyond stats, however. An extremely composed figure in the middle of the park, the youngster possesses the right skillset to become world-class, if he is not already.
New Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino recently shared what it was like to work with the midfielder.
“Always it is a pleasure with Enzo,” said Pochettino.
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“He is very humble, he is a fighter also and he is a fantastic player, world champion with Argentina and I am so proud of him.
“It is a pleasure when you have a player like him in the squad.”
News of Liverpool turning down the opportunity to secure Fernandez last summer will no doubt rub salt into the wounds of Reds supporters after both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia rejected the club in recent days to also join Chelsea.
Fernandez starred on Sunday
He put in an excellent shift against Jurgen Klopp’s men on Sunday in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, showcasing exactly what Liverpool had missed out on.
The Reds’ midfield conundrum now continues as we head towards the final two weeks of the transfer window. Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have both parted ways for the Saudi Pro League, two top targets have opted for moves elsewhere, and now Klopp’s side have reportedly enquired into the availability of Real Madrid pair Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde.
Time is ticking for Liverpool to find their man, only time will tell who will be walking through those Anfield doors come September 1st.