REPORT: Liverpool staff admire Fulham defender after his performances against them

Liverpool’s staff were reportedly impressed with one Fulham man over the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final.

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Fulham proved a tricky customer for Liverpool to bypass in the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final.

The Reds were trailing 0-1 at Anfield for the first-leg before a quickfire brace from Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo got us back on track.

And again, in the return fixture at Craven Cottage, Issa Diop canceled out Luis Diaz’ early goal to make it a nervy last 15 minutes in West London for the visitors.

Nonetheless, the Reds managed to traverse the tricky tie and secure passage to the Carabao Cup final with a 3-2 aggregate win.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have now setup a rematch of the 2021/22 EFL Cup final, which saw Liverpool beat Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out.

With the draw at Craven Cottage, it marks three times Fulham and Liverpool have played each other this term.

April will mark the fourth time they two sides meet, so it’s fair to say both teams know a few things about each other by now.

It has now emerged that some at Anfield have been impressed with the performances shown by Fulham man Tosin Adarabioyo.

This according to the Mail Sport’s Transfer Confidential, who go as far as to say Liverpool are intrigued at the prospect of signing the centre-back.

Whilst he missed the beginning of the season due to groin surgery, the former Manchester City man has seen plenty of gametime under manager Marco Silva.

Furthermore, Adarabioyo contract is expiring in the summer, meaning he could even be picked up as a low-risk free agent signing.

Fulham and Tosin Adarabioyo against Liverpool

In the first-leg, the 26-year-old did not have an outstanding game although he was by no means underperforming.

According to FotMob, Adarabioyo got a 6.9 rating against the Reds at Anfield.

He won 100% of his aerial duels and also made 10 defensive actions.

However, his performance at Craven Cottage is what likely got the Liverpool staff’s attention.

For that 1-1 home leg draw, Adarabioyo got a 7.9 rating for his showing against the league leaders.

He won 11 out of his 13 defensive duels, and 4 headed clearances.

What is clear to see is that the Fulham man is almost unparalleled in the air.

Furthermore, he recorded 91 touches with an 81% accuracy, showing that he could become a ball-playing option with a bit of guidance.

It remains to be seen whether this interest is concrete.

As the Reds plan for life without Jurgen Klopp, it’s likely that a big summer overhaul may be necessary.

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