‘He’s a world-class player’ – Ex-Liverpool ace thinks Reds loan swoop for star Chelsea have bid for is a ‘no-brainer’

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Ex-Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes that the Reds moving for Atletico Madrid ace Saul Niguez is a ‘no-brainer’, with the former full-back outlined as such in his latest column for Empire of the Kop.

Enrique has wrote for Empire of the Kop that Liverpool should move for ‘world-class player’ Saul if the 26-year-old is available on a loan deal that does not include an obligation to make the deal permanent.

Enrique, who spent five years with the Reds, feels that a new midfielder is not a ‘priority’ for Jurgen Klopp, even though Saul may be a ‘better option’ than some of the Reds’ current players in this area.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Chelsea have tabled a bid for the long-serving Atleti ace, whilst Manchester United have also enquired about the Spaniard, who is ‘ready’ for a Premier League move.

AS claimed a few days ago that Liverpool were preparing a €40m offer for Saul, who played a smaller role than usual for Atleti last season, though he still started 30 of his 41 appearances.

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Saul now appears to be surprisingly out-of-favour at Atletico Madrid.

Here is what Enrique had to say when questioned on whether it’s time Liverpool moved for Saul:

“If it’s a loan with an option to buy (and not a compulsion to buy) it’s a no-brainer, that’s the reality.”

“If he does well – I believe he’s a world-class player and he’d do well – you can buy him, and if not you can just have him for the season.”

“In my opinion, I don’t think signing a new midfielder is a priority for [Jurgen] Klopp.”

“We have Curtis [Jones], Harvey Elliott, [James] Milner, [Naby] Keita, [Jordan] Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; so you have six or seven players for three positions, so why would you sign a new No.8, even if he’s a better option than some of the players already available?”

“I believe he [Klopp] has a lot of trust in Elliott – as we saw when he started against Burnley – Curtis Jones is still there but we don’t see too much of him, Keita is there, Thiago is back and played for a bit the other day, Hendo is back, Fabinho will be back soon as well, so we have plenty of options.”

With Saul being a key player for Diego Simeone’s side since he burst onto the scene as a youngster, it’s been quite strange to see the intense suggestions that he’s headed for the exit door this summer.

Saul has been a top midfielder in La Liga for some time and has also proved his quality on the Champions League stage, he’d be a fine recruit for any major side on an initial loan deal.

Whilst the 26-year-old certainly has the talent to play a starting role for the Reds, as Enrique notes, perhaps moving for a midfielder isn’t the wisest move for the Anfield outfit at this moment in time.

Liverpool already have Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to call on in this position, they may be better off addressing more pressing needs.

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