Liverpool FC is making strategic moves to strengthen their midfield, and recent reports indicate that the club has made an initial approach for Fluminense midfielder Andre. As Jurgen Klopp continues to rebuild his team, Andre’s industrious talent and defensive prowess make him an attractive prospect. With other Premier League clubs also expressing interest, the Reds must act swiftly to secure the 22-year-old Brazilian before the Brazilian Serie A season concludes in December.
A Rising Brazilian Talent
Andre, also known as Andre Trindade da Costa Neto, is a 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder who has risen through the ranks at Fluminense. He has already made 143 appearances for the club and boasts impressive statistics in the Brazilian top-flight. Talent scout Jacek Kulig hails Andre as a “leader”. His average rating of 7.08 showcases his consistent performances on the field.
Andre’s strengths lie in his defensive abilities as a touch-tackling midfielder. FBref ranks him among the top 1% of midfielders for pass completion, the top 3% for passes attempted, and the top 6% for successful take-ons per 90 His style of play has drawn comparisons to Paris Saint-Germain’s Manuel Ugarte, who is highly regarded in European football.
Andre to Liverpool Amidst Transfer Drama
With potential departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho on the horizon, Liverpool is in search of a robust defensive midfielder. Lavia remains their primary target, but the club’s initial £37m offer was rejected by Southampton. In this context, Andre presents a compelling alternative, especially with his defensive prowess and potential for growth.
Both Andre and Lavia excel in similar roles as holding midfielders. While Lavia has the advantage of Premier League experience, Andre offers a more cost-effective option without compromising on quality. Andre boasts a better pass-completion percentage and a higher take-on success rate than Lavia. Additionally, he outperforms Lavia in key defensive metrics such as tackles won and interceptions per 90 minutes.
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