Sander Berge to Liverpool rumors intensify as Fabinho gets injured
Liverpool are having brilliant campaign domestically in the Premier League to follow up with their Champions League victory last season. They are currently on top of the Premier League table with 40 and a comfortable eight-point lead over second placed Leicester City.
As the team embraces to face it’s the most hectic period of the year, Liverpool have suffered a huge blow as Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho suffered an ankle injury last week against Napoli in the Champions League. The injury will keep him out until next year.
Liverpool have a busy set of fixtures ahead in the days to come and they are rather thin in the defensive midfield department. As a result, Jurgen Klopp’s team have apparently set their sights on talented Norwegian defensive midfielder Sander Berge who is currently plying his trade at Belgian club, Genk.
Berge has been grabbing eyeballs for his performances in both Belgium and the Champions League. He attracted Liverpool's attention after playing against them this season in the Champions League. The 21-year-old is also apparently very impressed by the Anfield crowd and has admitted that he would love to visit the place more often.
"Playing at Anfield is a dream for everyone in the world, and not least for Norwegians," Berge said to TV2.
"Liverpool are the best team [at the moment] and have the most fans. So I could certainly like to play at Anfield as often as possible."
Genk sporting director Dimitre De Conde has admitted that if a club comes for Berge, they’ll be kind of forced to negotiate as they don’t have the upper hand in these situations. De Conde said,
“Our intention is to hold on to Sander until the end of the season, but we can’t make any predictions. If the big clubs come knocking at our door, we will have to start negotiations, just as the agent has to do.
All of these sounds to be very positive news for Liverpool but they will have to act fast if they want to get his signature. There are clubs from Italy vying for Berge's services and might want to sign him in the January transfer window itself. The Norwegian will be the perfect long term investment in the defensive midfield for Liverpool if they indeed manage to strike in a deal with the player and the club.
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