Former Scotland international Donald Hutchison has advised Liverpool to proceed with caution in the transfer market and not panic-buy players on a whim. The former midfielder’s comments come amid reports of the Reds’ interest in Morocco international Sofyan Amrabat.
Amrabat was on fire at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where the Atlas Lions became the first African nation to reach the World Cup semis. The midfielder was infallible in midfield, carrying the ball forward with grace and looking to lend attackers a helping hand. He was also rock-solid at the back, making vital interceptions and rarely giving the ball away.
Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur have long been linked with a move for Ambrabat. According to HITC, the Merseysiders are also keeping an eye on the midfielder.
However, speaking to ESPN, Hutchison advised his old club to look beyond Ambrabat’s World Cup run and also take his Fiorentina form into account.
“They have to make sure they don’t panic (in the transfer market),” Hutchinson began. “I have seen Amrabat at the World Cup. He had a brilliant World Cup for Morocco. He hasn’t been that good for Fiorentina for 18 months, so you can’t just panic and look at these players and think ‘that’s the one I need’. Make sure you get the right one.”
Amrabat has indeed been mediocre for Fiorentina in Serie A this season. Not only has he failed to provide a goal contribution in 14 games, but he has also made only 11 interceptions, delivered five of 45 crosses and performed six clearances.
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Inter Milan fans have unfurled a banner at the San Siro, asking their superstar centre-back and captain Milan Skriniar to sign an extension. The banner read:
“Skriniar, stay in Milan; you are our captain.”
Skriniar, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, will be out of contract at the end of the season. As he's one of the most sought-after defenders in the game, the Reds are expected to face stiff competition for the player.
According to 90min, Liverpool have already made contact with Inter over a deal for the defender. Jurgen Klopp and Co. have reportedly accelerated their pursuit of the player following the latest injury to Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman, who came off at half-time in the 3-1 defeat to Brentford on January 2, could take more than a month to recover from his latest muscular injury.