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Plettenberg: Liverpool among clubs interested in 26-year-old Morocco star

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Transfer News: Liverpool interested in Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat

Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat has been attracting a lot of eyes from top Premier League clubs after his performances for Morocco in the World Cup and Liverpool also see themselves linked with the 26-year-old defensive midfielder.

As he has shown in the World Cup, the player has got an engine on him and his box-to-box abilities have been great for Morocco. He tends to carry the ball from deep space and release teammates further up the pitch, but his stats for Fiorentina tells us that he is not a goal threat.

In 78 appearances across all competitions, he has only one goal contribution. However, that is not an appropriate scale to measure how good a defensive midfielder is.

Versatility is key for manager Jurgen Klopp, and Amrabat is. He has played advanced roles in midfield and has also played right-back on occasions. Florian Plettenberg via Twitter confirms Liverpool’s interest in the Dutch-born Moroccan international.

Fabinho’s poor form this season and inconsistent performances from the midfielders in the central positions have made Klopp rethink his transfer policy on this spectrum, and the Reds could in all likelihood add a few players or two to their roster when the transfer window starts.

Amrabat’s versatility means he could be an exciting option for Klopp and could provide depth and competition for Fabinho’s role as well. The fact that he is only 26 also could play a role in Liverpool potentially signing him.

Amrabat headed to the Reds?

The rest of the active midfielders are over the age of 30 and would obviously not have a great role to play in the future for the club. It is a positive sign that the club is looking to reinforce the midfield, and think of the long-term future of the club.

Sofyan Amrabat is linked with a move to Liverpool.
Sofyan Amrabat is linked with a move to Liverpool. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

With a lot of midfielders in action during the World Cup, it is best for the Reds to keep their options open and have a broader view of the players in action. That could help them take note of the players that the scouts think might fit the Reds.

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If all goes well, Liverpool could sign more than just one midfielder. Moreover, the last time that Liverpool signed a player who had played for Fiorentina in the past, the player turned out to be just a little bit better than decent. Whether Amrabat follows Mohamed Salah is something only time would tell.