Reports: Liverpool make Serie A midfielder their prime target
This signing could potentially help put Liverpool firmly among Europe's elite
What's the story?
In what could perhaps send Liverpool fans into a frenzy of joy, the Merseyside outfit are apparently interested in signing Manchester United target Jorginho. This news comes from The Times' Paul Joyce, who also adds that the Reds are looking for a goalkeeper and a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.
In case you didn't know…
The Napoli midfielder is a defensive midfielder that can pass the ball with near-flawless precision, much akin to what Kop favourite Xabi Alonso used to do in his peak. Jorginho holds the record of the most successful passes in a game, having completed 180 passes against Cagliari last season.
The heart of the matter
With the seemingly-imminent departure of Emre Can, Jurgen Klopp needs a midfielder to support the incoming Naby Keita. This is why the Napoli star has been set by the German tactician as their prime target.
There is, however a problem with this as, according to the report, the downside with the pursuit is that Jorginho is a target for most elite sides in Europe - which could make it difficult for Liverpool to sign the passing maestro.
Rumour rating: 9/10
Everything just adds up here. For starters, Paul Joyce is a highly reliable source and doesn’t usually make up rumours for the sake of clicks. When he reveals something, there is usually some substance in it. Secondly, Liverpool have lacked a midfielder in Jorginho's mould ever since Alonso's departure, which is why signing him would make sense.
Since Naby Keita is a midfielder that loves to break forward with the ball, someone with tenacity and discipline needs to be stationed alongside him. Jorginho is the perfect player for that role since he's always patrolled in front of the defence like a border guard soldier. That's without discussing his excellent range of passing, either.