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Liverpool might take advantage of Manchester United’s failed transfer attempt to sign a “beautiful” midfielder.

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Midway through June, Liverpool made Calvin Ramsay their third summer acquisition, thinking that was the end of their hiring needs.

Liverpool might take advantage of Manchester United's failed transfer attempt to sign a "beautiful" midfielder

But with only about a week left in the transfer market, club management is under mounting pressure from supporters to bolster a midfield unit plagued by injuries and deterioration.

It’s difficult to believe Liverpool, a club that doesn’t normally succumb to such pressure, isn’t at least examining their options in light of Monday night’s disastrous loss to Manchester United, which left them with just two points out of a possible nine.

And such an option could be Leandro Paredes at Paris Saint-Germain, according to a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato (via TEAMtalk).

They claim Paredes, who is in the final two years of his contract with the Ligue 1 champions, could leave before the end of the transfer window.

Juventus planned to sign him when Adrien Rabiot joined Manchester United (according to Fabrizio Romano), but the Red Devils couldn’t agree on personal terms and that deal didn’t materialize (via The Athletic).

Liverpool have apparently shown interest following Naby Keïta’s injury, while Roma are also keen to bring Paredes back after a three-year stint at the Stadio Olimpico between 2014 and 2017. Incidentally, he played with Alisson and Mohamed Salah during his time with the Giallorossi so maybe they could sell the Anfield experience. Paredes, who is perhaps just outside FSG’s ideal age range at 28, has made 117 appearances for PSG since joining from Zenit in January 2019 for £36million.

Liverpool might take advantage of Manchester United's failed transfer attempt to sign a "beautiful" midfielder

The French have made 135 league and Champions League appearances in that span, including 64 in the starting XI and another 29 as substitutes.

Crucially, he’s only missed 25 games in three-and-a-half seasons through injury, so the rest of his absence can be attributed to the level of competition for central midfield spots at the Parc des Princes.

However, he has been called up for some of PSG’s biggest European games. He started the 2020 Champions League final and has only missed one UCL knockout game since and that was by suspension. Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino have turned to him for matches against Bayern, Barcelona, ​​Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Paredes is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also play in a slightly more advanced position. This raises the possibility that he could fill both Fabinho’s and Thiago’s roles in the Liverpool squad, making him an alternative to former Reds target Aurelien Tchouaméni.

Indeed, Paredes carries some of Thiago’s traits in his ability to referee games and distribute the ball. He ranks in the 99th percentile among midfielders in the top five leagues for touches, passes received and percentage of passes received. Simply put, he always wants the ball and offers an option to his teammates.

Paredes is also in the top percentile for volume and pass completion, but that doesn’t mean he only plays safe balls. In fact, he’s in the 94th percentile for long pass attempts and in the 99th percentile for completion rate.

Liverpool might take advantage of Manchester United's failed transfer attempt to sign a "beautiful" midfielder

And he also injects a threat into his team’s moves, once again placing himself in that higher percentile for last-third passes and 89th for progressive passes.

Combine this with his defensive prowess and you have someone ticking some key boxes for Liverpool. “I always said I thought this player was super strong,” former PSG Fabric midfielder Pancrate told Le Parisien.

Paredes has proved to be something of a yellow card magnet, with 78 yellow cards in 298 appearances, but Pancrate doesn’t think he has problems with discipline.

“He’s smart, technical, aggressive in a good way and he’s not just an annoying player,” he explains.

The Argentinian would only be a medium-term solution for Liverpool, but it’s also unlikely to cost that much, as PSG have so many options – with Vitinha and Renato Sanches this summer – and the end of his contract is in sight. .

Some of Liverpool’s midfield performances this season have been hard to watch, but Paredes, in Pancrate’s words, is “wonderful to watch”, with a “perfect” pace. With Manchester United inadvertently paving the way for a transfer, this could make a lot of sense.

 

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