Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ‘meets with the agents of Morocco star Sofyan Amrabat
Amrabat is presently representing the Atlas Lions in the 2022 World Cup, where he has played a significant role in the team’s historic journey to the quarterfinals – the first time the African side has ever reached that stage.
The defensive midfielder has been one of the tournament’s breakout performers, having played every minute in Qatar, including all 120 in Tuesday’s penalty shootout victory against Spain.
And, according to the French publication Foot Mercato, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp met with Amrabat’s agents as the Reds seek to intensify their pursuit of the 26-year-old.
The Merseyside club is seeking a central midfielder, having pursued Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer prior to his transfer to Real Madrid.
They are reportedly the frontrunners to recruit Jude Bellingham, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, and Naby Keita are all out of contract next summer, plus Curtis Jones and Fabinho have battled with fitness and form this season, so the Reds may need to buy many midfielders.
Amrabat presently plays for Fiorentina, but according to a source, he would be willing to leave the Serie A side to realize his goal of playing in the Champions League.
According to reports, Klopp has already spoken with his representation, and additional discussions will take place after the World Cup.
Amrabat excelled as Morocco topped Group F, which includes Croatia and Belgium, and his performance in Qatar followed two-and-a-half outstanding seasons with La Viola after joining in 2020 from Club Brugge.
The defensive midfielder has a year and a half remaining on his contract in Italy, but Fiorentina may be willing to cash in on his value immediately.
Following Amrabat’s outstanding performances in Qatar, his agent Mohammed Sinouh asserted that there is significant interest in him.
Sinouh said: “Of course, I get a lot of phone calls for Sofyan. The whole world has seen he’s the best holding midfielder of the World Cup.
“Sofyan is top professional, he’s focused on World Cup with Morocco.”
His brother, Nordin, who played for Watford between 2016 and 2018 and now plays for AEK Athens, also increased interest in the midfielder, suggesting that the best clubs in Europe had finally recognized his talent.
“I am really incredibly proud of Sofyan,” he told Dutch outlet De Telegraaf.
“When you play so well on such a stage – in three matches against countries like Croatia, Belgium and Canada – you have a lot going for you.
“I think the top clubs in Europe who have been sleeping have now woken up. In January, Sofyan himself was already in talks with Tottenham Hotspur, but there was no agreement on the transfer fee with Fiorentina.
“I think the interested parties will now line up.”
Tottenham and Inter Milan are also rumored to be interested in signing Amrabat, so Liverpool will have stiff competition if they decide to pursue him.
According to his brother’s comments, Spurs were interested in the player prior to signing Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur in January of this year.
On December 22, Liverpool returns to action with a Carabao Cup match against Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Morocco and Amrabat face Portugal in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday at 3 p.m. (GMT).
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ‘meets with the agents of Morocco star Sofyan Amrabat’