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Liverpool’s Pursuit of Nicolo Barella Hits a Roadblock as Midfield Options Evolve

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Liverpool has been actively exploring options in the transfer market this summer, with one player particularly catching their eye – Inter Milan’s midfield maestro, Nicolo Barella. Jurgen Klopp has been vocal about his admiration for the “top-class” midfielder. However, recent reports suggest that Liverpool’s pursuit of Barella may have hit a roadblock. Reportedly, the player is now leaning towards staying at Inter Milan to become a club legend.

Barella’s contributions to Inter’s Scudetto triumph and their journey to the Champions League final have elevated his status as a world-class player.

Does Nicolo Barella Fit Liverpool Midfield Criteria?

While Liverpool has been monitoring Barella’s situation, there are concerns about the physicality of their midfield. Standing at 5’9″, Barella’s addition could potentially diminish the overall physical presence in the middle of the park. With the recent signings of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, the latter being a physically well-rounded player. Liverpool needs to consider restoring the general physicality of their midfield.

Alternative Targets for Liverpool’s Midfield

To address the need for physicality, Liverpool should focus on securing midfielders with imposing stature. Players like Khephren Thuram (6’4″), Ryan Gravenberch (6’3″), Manu Kone (6’1″), and Gabri Veiga (6’0″) have the potential to provide the desired physical presence and dynamism required in the Premier League. Liverpool may consider these players as potential targets to bolster their midfield. The importance of physical attributes is evident in the success of players like Jude Bellingham, who stood at 6’1″ before joining Real Madrid.

Liverpool’s interest in Nicolo Barella has diminished lately. However, the midfielder’s inclination to remain at Inter Milan has put a halt to any potential move anyways.

Furthermore, the Reds are conscious of the need to maintain a physically dominant midfield in the rigorous Premier League. Nicolo Barella may not possess the attributes that Jurgen Klopp’s midfield requires.

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