In honor of the World Cup’s start, Liverpool.com will include profiles of all of the club’s players who will be competing, with special emphasis devoted to any of the players’ international teammates who may be of interest to the Reds. The competition is a wonderful opportunity to research potential clients.
After initially focusing on Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold for England, the focus now switches to Virgil van Dijk and the Netherlands, followed by Fabinho and Alisson for Brazil, and finally on Darwin Nez. The Reds striker is presently representing the Uruguayan national team; consequently, which of his teammates would be worth keeping a watch on in anticipation of a prospective transfer to Anfield?
Let’s take a look at some of the top players Uruguay has to offer to see who, if anyone, would be interested in joining Liverpool in the near future.
An assessment of the team, which includes former Liverpool players Luis Suárez and Sebastián Coates, reveals a dynamic that looks to be dissimilar from that of the teams that competed earlier in the series, England, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
Rodrigo Bentancur, who is only 25 years old, gives quality in the middle of the pitch and is presently under contract with Tottenham Hotspur after signing with the club earlier this year for £19 million after formerly playing for Juventus. Bentancur is unlikely to be the answer to Klopp’s midfield problems anytime soon as long as Antonio Conte is in control.
There aren’t many players Nez could possible persuade to join Anfield. However, despite coming from the Santiago Bernabeu, which is one of the most difficult places in the world to sign a player, there is one player who would be a perfect fit for Klopp’s system.
It should be mentioned that the player in question is Federico Valverde. Throughout his rise through the ranks at Real Madrid, the hardworking midfielder demonstrated an unrivaled work ethic as well as a real commitment to the team’s success. He is nearly capable of doing the task of two players at the same time.
Throughout Klopp’s whole tenure on Merseyside, the South American has practically fit the description of the classic workhorse that has been a part of Klopp’s aggressive engine room. Valverde is still only 24 years old, which means he is still in his peak years, and he undoubtedly possesses the skill set to repair a substantial percentage of Liverpool’s problems in the middle of the field.
The Reds’ midfield has given the impression of being worn down, fatigued, sluggish, and easy to get around this season, thanks to the Real Madrid talent, who has demonstrated the necessary qualities to quickly address those issues almost single-handedly. He is a natural fit for Klopp’s style of play.
Although Carlo Ancelotti appears unlikely to be able to sign Valverde, it is worth noting that both Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are reportedly interested in signing Jude Bellingham. These two European heavyweights will battle for the privilege to manage Borussia Dortmund in 2023.
If the Englishman chooses Real Madrid over Liverpool, the Spanish giants will be left with Valverde, Bellingham, Aurélien Tchouaméni, and Eduardo Camavinga in their midfield department. However, it would be difficult to predict which player will sit on the bench for the majority of their games.
Overall, Klopp will undoubtedly have high hopes of signing his top target, but if Real Madrid is successful in signing Bellingham, the Reds may consider making a surprise move to sign Valverde due to the player’s fall in the pecking order.