Liverpool could be forced to move for a long-term target following an injury to one of their midfielders suffered this week.
An injury sustained by Curtis Jones will see the Liverpool academy graduate out of action for 2-4 weeks.
Furthermore, the Reds are already without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain due to a longer-term injury meaning the midfield is starting to look a little thin.
Could this mean Liverpool finally move for one of their midfield targets that is available right now?
While Oxlade-Chamberlain is already out for a number of months, the club are awaiting news on a scan of an unspecified issue affecting Curtis Jones. [@TheAthleticUK]
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) August 3, 2022
Who could they sign?
One of their reported targets Matheus Nunes of Sporting is available this summer with the Reds one of the leading clubs interested. It was reported by Jornal de Noticias that the Reds want to lure the midfielder, who is valued at €59M.
Portuguese insider Pedro Almeida claimed there is an ‘intense’ fight for his signature between Manchester City, Liverpool and Wolves.
He also apparently turned down a move to Wolves that would have seen him earn €11 million across five years to wait for a bigger club to come in for him.
A recent report from Correio da Manha states that Nunes will wait for Liverpool to play in the Champions League and compete for silverware.
It’s reported that if Matheus Nunes is sold, Sporting have lined up Estoril’s Andre Franco as a replacement – according to O Jogo.
Former Red Xavier tips Liverpool to sign Nunes
“(Nunes can) adapt to any top team in England,” Liverpool and Everton fullback said, as per Noticias ao Minuto.
“It is normal that not only Liverpool but also of Manchester City, who may eventually lose a player in that position, may be thinking about Matheus Nunes. His departure from Sporting is a matter of time.”
How would he fit in?
His versatility would be of real worth to Liverpool, given he’s comfortable anywhere in midfield as well as in a two-man pivot.
At 23, he offers youth but also experience having won trophies and compete in the Champions League on the regular.
But yeah Matheus Nunes in at right sided 8 and suddenly we have a complete squad
— Anfield Fix 🇵🇸 (@AnfieIdFix) July 30, 2022
His ball carrying can been compared to Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic and there’s an argument that he could be lethal in a top side given the amount of possession he would receive.
For Liverpool, he’d be perfect in transition and driving them up the pitch to ensure the real difference makers (Luis Diaz & Mohamed Salah) get the ball as quickly as possible.