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Lionel Messi verdict on Liverpool ‘target’ Enzo Fernández speaks volumes amid transfer pursuit

Lionel Messi verdict on Liverpool ‘target’ Enzo Fernández speaks volumes amid transfer pursuit

Lionel Messi has provided his view on Enzo Fernández, his Argentina teammate and a likely transfer target for Liverpool.

Both are in the World Cup in Qatar and have excelled for their respective countries, with Argentina advancing to the final after defeating Croatia in the first semi-final.

Messi is the team’s undisputed star, but Fernandez’s fame has increased tenfold since the competition began.

And Messi lauded the 21-year-old, who only went to Europe this summer when he signed with Benfica from River Plate, stating, “I’m not surprised by Enzo. I know him and I see him train every day. He deserves it because he’s a spectacular player.”

Liverpool have been connected with Fernández for some time, even before the World Cup began, and his performances in the tournament could convince Liverpool to make an offer for him.

According to the Portuguese daily O Jogo, Liverpool could be closing in on Fernández ahead of a deal that would bring him to the club next summer, when Liverpool would revamp its midfield. The Argentine daily La Capital likewise has similar information.

Whether or not these claims are legitimate is a separate matter, but Messi’s assessment of him speaks volumes as to why Europe’s top clubs are taking notice.

Messi does not say such things about every player he plays alongside, and the ex-Barcelona player obviously recognizes ability when he sees it. Fernández will move to a new club sooner rather than later, and Liverpool supporters would prefer that it be Anfield.

Lionel Messi verdict on Liverpool ‘target’ Enzo Fernández speaks volumes amid transfer pursuit

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