Exclusive: Player Liverpool made approach for won’t force through a summer move

Liverpool are working on plans ahead of the summer transfer window and one man that is repeatedly mentioned behind closed doors is Norwich City’s Buendia.

The Championship star has been terrific this season. His hot form has been vital to Daniel Farke’s side in their push for promotion back to the Premier League, with 12 goals and 15 assists from attacking midfield.

While it’s important to consider that this level of attack output, from midfield especially, will take a hit in the Premier League but having said that, there’s no denying that the 24-year-old could be a fantastic player to watch under Jurgen Klopp.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Emi Buendia of Norwich City celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Barnsley at Carrow Road on January 02, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

We reported in the first week of April that Liverpool approached Norwich City for Buendia and we’re now told that the player is open to a move to Anfield but is also aware of serious interest from Mikel Arteta.

The key detail in this story is that the midfielder, who was happy to follow Norwich City into the Championship, will not force his way out of the club if Daniel Farke is intent on him staying at the club.

With the table-topping side heading back into the Premier League next season, Buendia would get first division action.

It would be interesting to see how well he would perform in England’s most competitive league but after he managed 9 goal contributions in a dreadful Norwich side that was relegated on 21 points, having won just 5 games all season.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – APRIL 06: Emi Buendia of Norwich City scores their team’s third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road on April 06, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

With Liverpool battling to create chances with regularity this season, Jurgen Klopp is looking at adding a midfielder that can score and create from deep to alleviate the pressure on Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

The fullbacks have been asked to shoulder the lion’s share of Liverpool’s creative duties in the last couple seasons and while they have been able to do so without issue until this season, neither Trent nor Robbo has been as consistent this term.

Between them, they have 11 assists this season compared to 27 last campaign. With the sheer number of games played, the lack of pre-season and the lack of supporters in the stadium, both fullbacks are in need of a rest.

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


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