Fabinho, the Brazilian midfielder who had been holding back Liverpool’s opponents at the bottom of midfield, has moved to Saudi Arabia.
In addition, England midfielder Jordan Henderson, who had been playing a reserve role, also sought a new home in the Middle East, leaving only Stefan Bajcetic in the main midfield role.
Curtis Jones and Trent Alexander-Arnold served in the pre-season, but their ability to read the game and win the ball has not been great, and they are in pursuit of an anchor man.
Various names have hit the media, but the main contender is Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia. Liverpool has tabled three offers, but no agreement has been reached between the clubs as of yet.
However, Liverpool is expected to make a further improved offer and the Saints are confident that they will match the asking price, according to Sacha Tavolieri, a Belgian journalist.
“Been told Southampton think now that Liverpool will pay the £5M lacking for making the deal of Romeo Lavia after the £45M rejected on Monday. Saints won’t walk away from their initial request of £50M.”
🔴🇧🇪⌛️ Been told #SouthamptonFC think now that #LiverpoolFC will pay the 5M£ lacking for making the deal of Romeo #Lavia after the 45M£ rejected on Monday. #SaintsFC won't walk away from their initial request of 50M£. #LFC #mercato— Sacha Tavolieri (@sachatavolieri) August 9, 2023