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Wolves adamant on Ruben Neves stance amid growing interest from Liverpool

Ruben Neves is an ever-present on Liverpool FC’s transfer radar and he has seen himself on the same for quite some time now. The Reds’ assistant manager Pep Ljinders also talked about how someone like Neves could be a good addition to the Reds’ squad back in 2019, and funnily enough, apart from Thiago in 2020, there has not been a single midfielder signing at the club.

However, Wolverhampton Wanderers understandably do not want to let go of their captain in the January transfer window and remain inflexible in their stance of not wanting to part ways with the 25-year-old Portuguese international.

They find themselves in the 16th place on the points table, and losing their captain at this stage could be jeopardising for the club as a whole in their quest to remain in the top tier of English football.

90min.com via Liverpool Echo talks about Julen Lopetegui’s reluctance to sell the player, who also finds himself on the radar of Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. Moreover, there is interest brewing from outside of England as well, with Barcelona believed to be the frontrunner to sign the player.

Wolves' Ruben Neves is a Liverpool transfer target.
Wolves’ Ruben Neves is a Liverpool transfer target. (Credit: Sky Sports)

Is Neves the Solution for the Reds?

Getting on board a player like Neves at Liverpool makes the most sense at the moment. At 25, he is nearing the prime of his playing days. Moreover, the Reds find themselves in a transitional phase when it comes to their midfield situation, and a Premier League-proven player like the former Porto midfielder himself could be a good addition to the Merseysiders.

The defensive midfielder who is also capable of putting in a shift in central midfield has 28 goals and 12 assists in 236 appearances for the Midlanders across all competitions. The midfield positions have been a weakness for the team in recent months, with injuries and a lack of depth leaving the team vulnerable in the middle of the pitch.

This has resulted in a lack of control and creativity in the midfield, making it difficult for the team to dictate play and create scoring opportunities as we have seen throughout the current campaign.

Liverpool linked with a transfer move to sign Portugal and Wolves' Matheus Nunes.
Liverpool stand linked with a transfer move to sign Portugal and Wolves’ Matheus Nunes. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Neves has shown on multiple occasions in the league his ability to regain control of the ball in transition and help build attacks making him an exciting prospect for the Reds. However, with Wolves not wanting to let go of the player, and also Barcelona among other clubs in the race for Neves, it is wise for Liverpool’s management to look elsewhere.

Neves’ team-mate at Wolves, Matheus Nunes could also be a good fit for the Reds, and having him on board could also be great for Liverpool.

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In any case, the need for midfield signings is a must for Liverpool in their current transitional phase, because it will address the weakness of the team that has been exposed in recent seasons and will provide key replacements for the players that have left or are ageing.