Klopp identifying need to strengthen midfield

Mohamed Salah going off injured in the Champions League final was for some a massive turning point in the direction Liverpool would take during the transfer window.

Klopp looked to his bench for inspiration and selected a half-fit Adam Lallana as the man to replace the Player of the Year. Whilst Real Madrid had an embarrassment of riches sitting on the bench Klopp was left wishing he’d have invested with the money from the Coutinho sale in January.

Emre Can is expected to leave for Juventus, however we have Naby Keita about to join, but we all had the feeling we needed more.

Literally minutes after the team arrived back home after the Final against Real Madrid there was an announcement that the club had agreed a £43.7m deal with Monaco to sign Brazil international Fabinho.

Fabinho has emerged as one of the young stars of the exciting Monaco team that thrilled Europe during their 2016/17 title-winning campaign and has been linked with both Manchester clubs in the past. Klopp now needs to keep the momentum going so adding to the depth of the squad was essential and the versatile 24-year-old can go some way to solving that problem.

Different sort of player

Fabinho is a different sort of player. He had to be convinced to switch from full-back to midfield but the move has been a triumph. At 6ft 2in, he is a real presence and should be able to provide good protection for the Liverpool defence. He ranked among the top three tacklers in France this past season and is also among the top six for total passes too.

Having the ability to ‘break the lines’ whilst performing his defensive duties he has the ability to make that killer forward pass. He is what many would consider to be a typical Klopp signing as he talks about Fabinho’s ability to operate as a number six or a number eight.

“He has ability and the mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions,” Klopp explained when the deal was announced. “He is tactically very strong and football smart. I think he improves our squad and there aren’t that many players you can say that about in this moment … This signing gives us new opportunities and for that I am excited.”

Klopp has done his homework and seems confident about his character. “His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to,” he added.

“We’ve signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person I think. He has a lovely family also. Adding a person like this to our dressing room only makes us even stronger. What we have, in terms of our environment at Melwood and in the team, means anyone coming in must be of that build. They must be the highest quality person and player.”

Liverpool chasing Fekir

Liverpool are still locked in negotiations with Lyon over the transfer of Nabil Fekir, despite reports in France suggesting the forward would arrive for a medical at Anfield on Sunday.

Lyon are understood to want close to €70m (£61m) for the 24-year-old who has had an outstanding season for the Ligue 1 club, scoring 23 goals and providing eight assists in 40 appearances in all competitions, while Liverpool’s valuation is around £50m.

On Friday night we agreed a fee. Personal terms agreed. Even reports of an interview for LFC TV had been recorded.

All of a sudden reports came out that the deal was off. Confusion surrounding the situation with no real reason why. Supposed lack of clarity with a previous injury, with many fans commented he looked alright when coming on against USA in a recent friendly.

Similar stories surrounded the Keita transfer then several months later when we were after van Dijk.

Klopp gets his man, he’s identified Fakir to take us to the next level. To improve our midfield as we take on the Premier and Champions League again. We, rightly so wanted him before the World Cup. We just need to bide our time. Patience is a vertu, in modern football something many can’t afford.

So, we sit and watch the tournament unfold as we get closer to land our no. 1 target.

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