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Liverpool’s midfield problem might be rectified with four deals averaging £35 million, including the “next Thiago.”

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Liverpool’s midfield division is in need of a makeover. The Reds tried to sign Aurélien Tchouameni this summer, but the Frenchman eventually ended up at Real Madrid.

Liverpool's midfield problem might be rectified with four deals averaging £35 million, including the "next Thiago."

Rather than looking for an alternative, it looks like the Anfield club will wait until next year to upgrade the park’s center. The suggestion was that few players are available who can improve Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, even though the Reds boss has backed off that position for Bournemouth.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the midfielders who have changed teams in the past 12 months. Which players could have made a difference in Merseyside if Liverpool had been interested?

  • Vitinha (From FC Porto to Paris Saint-Germain)

The Reds have recently developed a preference for signing Portuguese Primeira Liga players – signing Luis Díaz and Darwin Núñez for the past six months – which is why it is curious that no attempt was made to secure Vitinha’s set this summer. .

The 22-year-old Portuguese international recently joined Paris Saint-Germain for around £ 40m. He is short in stature – about five feet tall – but he is highly technical and appears to have a high ceiling, and the Reds are said to be following the services of him for his move to France.

According to StatsBomb’s comparable players algorithm, Vitinha was the statistically most comparable player in Europe to Thiago Alcântara last season, which somehow explains why Liverpool should have competed for his signing.

Bruno Guimaraes (Lyon to Newcastle United)

One player who moved to England in January and has made quite an impression is Bruno Guimarães, who was the first signing under new owners Newcastle United.

Like Vitinha, the Brazilian was signed for around £40million which seems to be the going price for elite midfield talent at the moment. Since joining the Magpies, Guimarães has established himself as one of the best players.

At 24, he is in the right age bracket and has a wide range of skills. He does a lot for his teammates on and off the ball and also scores a goal or two, netting five goals in 1,034 minutes on the pitch last season.

Guimarães can play as No6 and No8 – something Klopp expects from his next signing – and he looks set to become one of the Premier League’s best for years to come. It is fair to suggest that it would have been great for the Reds

Matheus Nunes (From Sporting CP to Wolves)

One of the more recent moves is Matheus Nunes, who made the surprising move from Sporting CP to Wolves last week after being tied to Liverpool all summer.

He turned 24 this weekend and will now face the Reds in the English top flight. Nunes stands over six feet tall, is an experienced center dribbler and is likely to have a dramatic impact on Molineux following his £ 38m move.

The Brazilian midfielder has been described by none other than Pep Guardiola as “one of the best players in the world” over the past year, but the Reds have chosen not to sign him.

Rodrigo Bentancur (From Juventus to Tottenham)

Another winter transfer Liverpool could have explored came in London when Rodrigo Bentancur left Juventus to join Tottenham Hotspur. His autograph was bought for around £ 20 million, which seemed reasonable for a player of his qualities.

The Uruguayan international is only 25 years old and has the experience of the Champions League behind him. Furthermore, he has shown his ability to take control in the center during his Serie A stint, to regain regular possession and to keep the ball for Juventus. It will be a useful addition to Antonio Conte to move forward. Liverpool need a winning player who also has the skills to keep the ball moving through the third court, but seem willing to stick with what they have now.

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