Liverpool may move their agreement for Genk’s Sander Berge forward to January following Fabinho’s injury, according to The Mirror.
The Brazilian defensive midfielder sustained ligament damage during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw in the Champions League versus Napoli, which is expected to keep him out beyond the New Year.
If his recovery does not go as well as is hoped, the club could make a winter move for Sander Berge to help ease the burden left by his absence.
It is expected that the agreement would cost around £18m, with the 21-year-old’s deal keeping him at the Belgian outfit coming to an end in the summer of 2021.
If Sander Berge were to be brought to Anfield, then he would have big shoes to fill while acting as the replacement for Fabinho.
The 26-year-old defensive midfielder has been an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s side, starting 16 matches across the Premier League and Champions League, coming off the bench once, netting one goal and getting two assists so far this season.
His value is measured in much more than goal contributions though, as he has been solid defensively, averaging 2.5 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 0.8 clearances per league game.
Also, he has been efficient on the ball, maintaining a pass success rate of 86.1%, while also averaging 1.1 key passes per game.
This indicates just how big a task it could prove to be for Sander Berge to fill in for the Brazilian if he is allowed to join Liverpool.