It has become well-known over the course of this season that Liverpool need to strengthen their midfield. With players reaching the tail end of their careers in the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, to players not living up to their own high standards in the likes of Fabinho, the middle of the park has been a weakness for the Reds this season. Jude Bellingham has emerged as the main target, however as talented as he is, he alone won’t be enough to restore the Reds to winning ways.
Wolves’ Ruben Neves has emerged as a potential summer target for the reds. Despite spending the majority of his minutes as a deep-lying playmaker in a struggling Wolves side, the midfielder has registered 4 goals in 19 league games this season. With Thiago prone to missing games with numerous injuries, it would be reasonable to assume that the reds would look for a player with similar levels of technical ability to fill in for him when needed. They could also want a player who would be an understudy to the Spaniard.
In an article written by journalist Dani Serrano in El Nacional, Klopp “does not seem to be too pleased with the performance of Fabinho, who is also already in his thirties”. However, it would appear that Liverpool are not the only European giant who could chase after Neves in the summer. Serrano also goes on to say that “Xavi Hernández is aware that Sergio Busquets has a lot of potential to to go in June, when he is free”. With both clubs facing an available space in defensive midfield come the summer, Neves has emerged as a target for both clubs.
Neves’ current deal at the club runs out in 2024 and he has seemingly made no desire to extend his stay at Wolves. This is good news for any interested clubs, as that may mean a discounted price is available as he goes into the last year of his contract. According to Serrano, “the starting price they have placed on him from the Molineux Stadium is quite reasonable, around 25 million euros”. Liverpool have shown in previous transfer windows that when they identify their targets, they are fully committed to getting the deals done. Time will tell if Liverpool’s interest in Neves is genuine but if it is, the reds have shown they will fight to make it happen.