Why Jurgen Klopp attended a private transfer meeting in a move to wreck Man Utd plans.

Why Jurgen Klopp attended a private transfer meeting in a move to wreck Man Utd plans.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is leading the Reds’ pursuit of Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and has already conferred with the player’s agent this year.

Manchester United are also interested in signing Moroccan international Amrabat, with the club hoping Erik ten Hag’s relationship with the player will prove decisive. During their tenure together at FC Utrecht in the Netherlands, United’s manager previously coached Amrabat.

The United manager has been extraordinarily virtuous toward the player, praising his endurance and desire to put the team ahead of himself as qualities he holds in the highest regard. However, Liverpool are interested in the player as they look to replace Fabinho, who is likely to depart Anfield.

The Brazilian’s departure in a £40 million deal appears almost certain. The Reds have added Alexis MacAllister and Dominik Szoboszlai this summer, but the impending departures of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson (in addition to the departures of Naby Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) necessitate defensive midfield reinforcements.

The Athletic reports that Amrabat is on Liverpool’s summer transfer shortlist, along with Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch, and Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips.

Amrabat excelled for Morocco at the World Cup as they advanced to the semifinals by eliminating Spain and Portugal. His performances in Qatar sparked interest from the Merseyside Reds and other clubs, with reports alleging Klopp met with the player’s agent in private.

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It has been reported that the Reds are interested in the holding midfielder and that he could be willing to leave the Italian club. Last season, Fiorentina reached the final of the Europa Conference League, losing to West Ham, but failed to qualify for European football.

Amrabat participated in every minute of Morocco’s remarkable World Cup run last month, in which they topped Group F ahead of Croatia and Belgium before defeating 2010 champions Spain on penalties. The team then eliminated Portugal in the quarterfinals before losing to France and Croatia in the third-place playoff.

Liverpool’s need for a midfielder is considerably greater than United’s, which signed Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, and Mason Mount in the summer of 2017 and 2018 respectively. They lack defensive midfield options, but Klopp’s requirements are much more urgent.

Why Jurgen Klopp attended a private transfer meeting in a move to wreck Man Utd plans.