Liverpool face a serious challenge against Manchester City for the Premier League title next season. Therefore, the club should focus on replacing their top stars with high quality players.
Strengthening the squad with the best talents is essential to maintain competitiveness. Increase their chances of competing at the highest level.
Fabinho was Liverpool’s most outstanding defensive midfielder for several years. And now, at the age of 29, he appears to be close to moving to Saudi Arabia.
His departure would leave a significant void in the team’s defensive midfield. Thus posing a challenge for the club to find a suitable replacement.
To fill the gap left by the possible departure of Fabinho, several players are being carefully evaluated, and once again the name of Joao Palhinha is in the spotlight.
The focus is on the Portuguese midfielder as a potential candidate to fill the crucial defensive midfield role. And thus provide the necessary stability and defensive ability for the team.
According to the latest report from Sam Wallace’s Daily Telegraph, Liverpool are actively looking to sign the Portuguese midfielder from Fulham to strengthen their squad. The club sees the Seleccao midfielder as a potential candidate to strengthen their midfield options for next season.
According to the same news source, West Ham United are also showing interest in the Portuguese international midfielder. With the recent sale of their major sin, Declan Rice, to Arsenal, West Ham are now looking for a suitable replacement.
Joao Palhinha caught their attention as a potential target. This indicates that there may be competition between Liverpool and West Ham for the player’s signing.
Despite links to Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, Liverpool may be concerned about the 19-year-old’s experience level to directly replace club legend Fabinho in the starting eleven. Lavia may have promising potential.
However, to play the role of a player as influential as Fabinho requires someone with more experience at the top level. As a result, Liverpool may be exploring other options to find a more direct and experienced replacement for the crucial defensive midfield position.
Chris Bascombe has expressed a similar perspective. He said the Belgian international is still too young to replace the Brazilian midfielder immediately. However, Bascombe believes the Teen may offer better value for money in comparison. Especially considering Joao Palhinha is currently valued at £80m by Fulham.