Jurgen Klopp will regret allowing Manchester United to sign £47million ace unchallenged

Liverpool were in the mix to sign Bruno Fernandes but ultimately lost out on his signature to Manchester United and it’s going to haunt them for years to come.

According to Record, via the Daily Mirror, Liverpool entered the race to sign Fernandes in 2019 but the Portuguese international wound up signing for Man Utd for a £47m fee that could reportedly rise to £67.7m.

Since his move to Old Trafford, he’s established himself as one of the best players in the league and has 40 goals and 25 assists in 77 appearances.

For reference, Mohamed Salah has 44 goals and 19 assists in the same period and he’s the best attacker at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool celebrate with The Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Phil Noble/Pool via Getty Images)

Not only has Fernandes elevated Manchester United from languishing nine points outside the top four in January to a Champions League place last season to second place this term, but he’s also excelling in a role that Liverpool currently have limited quality.

In midfield, the Reds have very functional players with Jurgen Klopp’s engine room focused on winning the ball back and supplying their fullbacks who are then tasked with creating chances for the front three.

In all fairness to the German, it worked brilliantly until this season but with Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold not matching their previous levels, creativity and goals from central areas have been needed.

Fabinho, Thiago and Wijnaldum – Liverpool’s midfielders with the most minutes – have four goals combined and zero assists in all competitions.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool reacts after missing a chance during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Anfield on April 14, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Fernandes has been incredible for United in a role that Philippe Coutinho was excellent for Liverpool in before he traded Anfield for Camp Nou.

The Reds have won the Champions League and the Premier League without a world-class no.10 but with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane ageing and their goal contributions not at the levels they were in the past, it might be time for a system tweak from Klopp.

If your forwards aren’t scoring huge volumes of goals, then you need your midfielders and defenders to chip in.

Take Manchester City as another example. With Sergio Aguero injured at times this season and with Raheem Sterling struggling for form, Pep Guardiola adjusted his style of play to place the goalscoring onus on Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne.

Between the two of them, they’ve contributed a combined 46 goals in all competitions.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: Ilkay Guendogan of Manchester City celebrates with team mate Kevin De Bruyne after scoring their side’s first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Everton v Manchester City at Goodison Park on March 20, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Liverpool’s forwards – with the exception of the ever consistent Mo Salah – need to buck up next season or Klopp needs to find a way to get other players into the box to contribute.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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