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Klopp could ruin Elliott with Liverpool bidding for £80m star

Nicolò Barella

Liverpool have been linked with this “unbelievable” midfielder once again, but do they really need him. Liverpool are currently in second place in the Premier League having topped their Europa League group

And advanced to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, of which they are ostensible favourites in both cup competitions.

Table-toppers Arsenal are imminently making the trip to Merseyside to face Jurgen Klopp’s side in a pivotal league clash, which will determine whether the Reds spend Christmas Day in pole position.

All this paints a brilliant picture of promise, but further work is need to ensure that Liverpool succeed in their ambitious endeavours.

The midfield welcomed four new additions in the summer to combat the mass exodus after a dismal year,

And now, reports from the continent suggest that Klopp is eager to add another to the engine room.

Liverpool keeping an eye on Nicolo Barella to sign him next season

According to Spanish sources, Liverpool are among the English clubs to be in contention to sign Inter Milan maestro Nicolo Barella, with Arsenal and Newcastle United also registering an interest.

In June, reliable reports surfaced that Newcastle were closing in on a sensational £50m deal for the Italian,

Though ultimately his Serie A outfit refused to advance negotiations to the conclusive stage.

Barella – who could command a fee of around £70m-£80m  is contracte to the San Siro until 2026

And has proved his worth as one of Europe’s elite midfielders over the past several seasons,

But is he the signing that the Reds need?

Barella is a midfielder of supreme technicality, first-class ball-playing ability and an all-action approach

That has led sports editor Mike Piellucci to describe him as a “genius” for his work.

As per FBref, the £153k-per-week machine ranks among the top 8% of midfielders across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year for shot-creating actions,

The top 7% for progressive passes and the top 12% for progressive carries per 90.

Understandably, Klopp appreciates his talents, but Barella is not the answer to Liverpool’s midfield questions,

and signing him would only have a negative effect on Harvey Elliott.


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