Liverpool are reportedly interested in Genk midfielder Sander Berge, but there have been questions raised about when they’ve actually seen the Sevilla and Arsenal-target in action.
According to Estadio Deportivo, Liverpool sent several scouts to follow Berge in recent weeks. The teenager has been linked with Arsenal, Everton and Sevilla in the summer, and reportedly was the subject of a rejected €12m bid.
However, as SportWitness point out, Berge hasn’t actually played since October, thanks to an injury. So that immediately casts some doubt on the validity of the Spanish report.
Sevilla have reportedly put aside €12m to sign the player, but as mentioned above, they already saw a bid turned down for that amount. It would be slightly strange to go back in with exactly the same bid as before.
The La Liga side might find themselves under a lot more pressure to bring in a defensive midfielder in January, however, after the recent fallout with Steven N’Zonzi.
The Frenchman hasn’t played for the club, or even appeared in the squad, after being substituted at half-time in a match against Liverpool last month.
Bringing in a 6’3″, 19-year-old who is already established in his team’s senior side would go some way to filling the gap if N’Zonzi leaves. So Liverpool and Arsenal could have competition in January.