Liverpool will ‘try again for Real Madrid star Fede Valverde in an £85 million deal,’ according to reports, with Jurgen Klopp looking to bolster his midfield options.
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are said to have re-identified Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde as the player they need to revamp their midfield.
Liverpool’s average squad age has steadily increased in recent seasons, and efforts to combat this this summer through the acquisition of a young midfielder, Aurelien Tchouameni, have fallen flat.
According to the Spanish newspaper AS, Liverpool has identified the Frenchman’s Uruguayan teammate Valverde as the man to bolster their midfield options.
Indeed, the report states that Liverpool had been willing to part with £85m this summer to add Valverde to their ranks but Real Madrid’s sale of Casemiro to Manchester United scuppered any potential of a deal
Valverde, 24, has emerged as one of Real Madrid’s foremost players in the last few months, providing the side with much-needed tactical balance from his role on the right.
Valverde has seen his goal involvements increase exponentially, already having scored four goals across all competitions this term. He only scored one over the entirety of last season.
Carlo Ancelotti, Valverde’s boss at Real Madrid, had implored the midfielder-cum-wide man to add more goals to his game, joking he would throw away all of his coaching badges should he not get the player to score at least 10 goals this term.
‘If you can’t get a player like that to score at least 10 goals in a season then you should rip up your coaching badge and retire,’ he said.
‘Because he has a rock of a foot. Tonight he took the shot with his left foot. I’ve never seen him shoot like that with his left, so it shows he’s confident in his abilities, and he has a lot of abilities.
‘He’s more than just energy. But, to say he’s best in the world in his position, we might have to wait a little longer.’
Real Madrid have started their campaign in perfect fashion, winning all of their games across both the league and Champions League. On Sunday night, amid racist chanting from Atletico Madrid supporters directed at Vinicius, Real Madrid won 2-1 thanks to goals from Rodrygo and Valverde to return to the top ahead of the international break.