Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with Liverpool’s season-long success and cautiously optimistic that a title challenge can be established in the upcoming months following the team’s setbacks last year.
Although the Premier League’s biggest teams have erased the memory of their weak midfield from the previous year and added some interesting new players to the center, there is still work to be done, and Klopp seems to be planning to make more changes during the winter transfer window.
January transfer targets for Liverpool
This Is Anfield reports that Fluminense midfielder Andre, who was forced to wait out the summer, has alluded to a January transfer. He claims his boss has given him permission to depart following the conclusion of the Brasileiro Serie A season.
Andre recently admitted that he turned down Liverpool in the summer after promising his national team to compete in the Copa Libertadores and go to the final, which takes place on November 4th, against Boca Juniors.
In any case, the Reds will have the ideal chance to complete a swoop for an intriguing player when the Brasileiro Serie A season concludes in December.
Andre is reportedly valued at £34 million by his side. Liverpool has previously shown that it is willing to spend this kind of money to get midfielders with enormous potential, as evidenced by Ryan Gravenberch’s £34 million August transfer from Bayern Munich.
Andre’s strongest traits
Reporter Neil Jones has commended Andre, 22, for his “combative” abilities. Andre has played his whole career with Fluminense, totaling 160 appearances in all competitions, with four goals and three assists.
The two-cap Brazil international has been the driving force behind his team’s success this season. He has been outstanding in the league, participating in 24 games, astonishingly completing 95% of his passes, averaging 0.8 crucial passes from his deep-lying role, and making two tackles in addition to 7.8 ball recoveries and winning 62% of his ground duels per game, according to Sofascore.
The player’s outstanding ball-playing ability and robustness are demonstrated by the fact that, according to FBref, he ranks in the top 1% of midfielders in divisions comparable to the Brasileiro Serie A for both pass completion and passes attempted. He also rates in the top 12% for successful take-ons per 90.
Talent scout Jacek Kulig described him as a “leader” in his squad and a tenacious, tough-tackling threat on the field. He would be a fantastic addition to a Liverpool team without a top specialist at number six.
Wataru Endo, who arrived from Stuttgart for £16 million, replaced Fabinho, who was sold in the summer. However, Endo is not yet ready to contribute consistently to the first team, therefore Klopp will be keen to add a top-tier player.
Endo is quickly developing into a bit of a cult hero on Merseyside. If Klopp builds a silver-laden crescendo to this rebuilding season, the Japan star may be inducted into the club’s legend in the same manner as Divock Origi. However, a starting spot is improbable for the eager Endo.
In the Europa League just a few days prior, Endo skillfully headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s curling delivery into Toulouse’s goal to give the home team the lead again after 30 minutes.
After the game, James Pearce of The Athletic commented that he “kicks on impressively,” adjusting to life in such a demanding and high-octane style, despite not having been given a Premier League start since his first, against Newcastle United.
Even while it appears that his possibilities in the top flight will be reduced to rare instances when others have been sidelined or injured, he will still be a major player in cup tournaments.
Having said that, Klopp might find a No. 6 deserving of a spot in the biggest games with the potential signing of Andre in January. Sadly, this would push Endo farther down the ladder.
For the length of his Anfield career, opportunities will present themselves, but the 30-year-old will not soon be able to guarantee a consistent starting spot in the pivotal moments, and Andre’s arrival would highlight this.