While there is a need for stars capable of directly upgrading Liverpool’s midfield this summer, there is also a strong case for signing a prodigy that The Reds are supposedly ‘loving’.
After leaving the Champions League and giving up the Premier League title race a long time ago, Liverpool have only one crucial top-four race left for Liverpool this season. But many are already looking beyond the current season to the summer, which will be a crucial period for Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool just need more ammunition and reinforcements, especially in midfield, where the Reds have struggled this season. Klopp has an aging midfield. Many will leave for free when their contracts expire at the end of the season, while others are in their thirties and are clearly entering the twilight of their careers.
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Jude Bellingham was the dream target, but that dream had to be put aside to fulfill another ambition: to transform the midfield with multiple signings. Other options are available.
One such option is Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga, according to Cadena Ser, who reported in March that Liverpool are keen on a transfer of the young talent. According to one of their journalists, Antón Meana, speaking of the El Larguero programme, ‘Liverpool love Veiga’.
Now, according to TeamTalk, Liverpool are ready to sign the prodigy for a fee of around $44 million (£35 million / €40 million). The report says the Reds have “driven pole position” for the player, who has netted nine goals and four assists this season, as Liverpool are willing to pay more than Real Madrid, and Los Blancos’ plan was to take the 20- year old to borrow. -old for a season. Manchester City and Arsenal have also received interest.
Veiga is a product of Celta Vigo’s academy, the same academy that produced Stefan Bajčetić, Liverpool’s biggest revelation this season, before moving to Anfield. Like Bajčetić, this season has also been a bit of a breakthrough for Veiga, who is also still relatively young at just 20 years old, with Klopp supposedly a huge fan.
Veiga is capable of playing as a central midfielder, but also further forward as an attacking midfielder just behind the striker. Veiga has been one of the stars of La Liga this year.
His ability to play in multiple roles is certainly something that would entice Liverpool to make a move. After all, Klopp likes hybrid players who can be molded to serve different purposes in the center of the field.
In addition, Veiga also has something that Liverpool does not have at the moment. The club has not really had a really scoring midfielder for years. We’d probably have to go back to Steven Gerrard’s heyday to remember a midfielder who managed to score double figures for goals at Anfield, and Veiga could end that rut.
He’s on course for that accolade this season and definitely has a knack for putting himself in dangerous positions, shooting a whopping 2.75 shots per 90, putting him in the 99th percentile in La Liga this season according to FBref.
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Notoriously not one of the wealthiest clubs in the league, Celta Vigo frequently alternates between the top flight and second tier of Spanish football. The club’s biggest sale to date was Stanislav Lobotka to Napoli in 2019 for $23 million (£19 million / €21 million).
Liverpool would likely have to pay a significantly higher sum to get Veiga away from the club, who is under contract with Celta until 2026. 140m) Liverpool would have had to pay to bring in someone like Bellingham.
This therefore makes Veiga a prospect worth switching over this summer. And if Bajčetić’s success is anything to go by, Liverpool could indeed have another absolute gem on their hands with the young Spanish U21 national.
Get Veiga alongside Mason Mount and Alexis Mac Allister— two more established stars Liverpool are chasing – and Klopp could have the dream summer. In that scenario, it would get the best of both worlds: the players already adapted to the Premier League and ready to get started, plus a player who could become an Anfield mainstay for the next decade.
An original version of this article was first published on March 24.
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