After Jordan Henderson and Fabinho left for the Middle East and Liverpool searched for a defensive midfielder to replace them, and after failing to acquire Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, they quickly brought Japan midfielder Wataru Endo into the team from Stuttgart.
The 30-year-old midfielder, captain of both club and national team, is more of a short-term asset than a long-term reinforcement. Liverpool, which is expected to further strengthen its midfield, is rumored to be interested in Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, who plays for Fiorentina.
According to La Republica, Liverpool have accelerated their move for the player and are preparing their first offer in the next few days. Fiorentina is expected to demand around £25 million.
The Moroccan midfielder, who shined at the World Cup in Qatar and has become the subject of interest from mega clubs, is under contract until 2024, and Manchester United, who are also looking to strengthen their midfield, are also trying to sign him.
He was a mainstay in the team last season, making 49 appearances, and has developed into one of the best defensive midfielders in Serie A.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will actually make a move, as his age, 27, is a bit different from what they are hoping for, and despite attempts to contact his agent immediately after the World Cup, a move to Anfield never materialized.
Ideally, Liverpool would like to sign a player in his early 20s, but with the transfer deadline looming, the club is finding it difficult to make the desired move. Who will Liverpool sign after the captain of the Japanese national team?