Liverpool are set to sign Christian Eriksen as a risk-free midfield addition ahead of a deal for Jude Bellingham next summer, Jose Enrique has claimed.
The Reds have had a good start to the summer transfer window, but they seem to have done their deal. Up top, Darwin Nunez has arrived from Benfica and is set to replace Bayern Munich target Sadio Mane.
Elsewhere, Fabio Carvalho has joined the midfield ranks following his arrival from Fulham.
And in defence, Liverpool have reportedly agreed to sign Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay as a back-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
However, Enrique urged liverpool to go after former Tottenham midfielder Eriksen. The 30-year-old enters free agency after resurrecting his career with Brentford. However, Spurs and Manchester United are also keen.
Long-term, reports have consistently spoken of Liverpool’s interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.
But Enrique has urged his former side to sign Eriksen as a solid, risk-free option to rival Thiago Alcantara.
“Another interesting player who could be our [Liverpool’s] solution to our midfield and not spend anything because he is a free agent”, Enrique said by Eriksen on instagram.
Eriksen backed for Liverpool transfer
“He’s a short-term solution, but we can wait for Bellingham next season.
“He will play if he deserves to play like everyone else. Eriksen is a top player and I think he can compete for a starting spot in our XI. The season is very long.
“He’s that kind of player, like Thiago, but maybe a bit more attacking. But Thiago is our magician.
Eriksen returned to the Premier League in January after a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 put his entire career in doubt.
He has now insisted he will not rush into his decision this summer and will listen to “exciting” proposals.
Liverpool expected to avoid deal
Eriksen is ready to prove himself at one of the Premier League’s top six clubs after relaunching his career.
And there’s no doubt that, given it’s only his salary the Reds would have to cover, he’s a somewhat risk-free signing.
However, that’s not the kind of signing Jurgen Klopp needs.
The 30-year-old would become the third midfielder in his 30s at Anfield, alongside Thiago and Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool need to fix glaring problem after Nunez deal
Liverpool have strengthened their front line with Darwin Nunez, but midfield is another pressing priority for Jurgen Klopp to address.
It’s an interesting conundrum given that the Liverpool midfielder is getting older, and they could do with a signing in that area this summer.
Overall, though, they’ll likely be expecting a player like Bellingham next summer.
Indeed, the 18-year-old England star would be able to offer much more service to Liverpool than Eriksen and has big untapped potential.