Liverpool have agreed terms to sign a Mexican midfielder, according to reports from Mexico, via Italy.
Fox Sports MX on Monday evening reported that Liverpool had agreed terms with Porto and Pachuca in what would be a complicated deal for Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera. Pachuca still earn 30% of Herrera’s rights, but Porto own the majority of the player and he currently plays for the Portuguese club.
Herrera is a powerful midfielder who has managed 42 caps for Mexico. He joined Porto in 2013 from Pachuca, but the Mexican club retained 30% of his rights in the deal.
If these reports are true then it seems that all that remains is for Liverpool to agree a contract with the player and then Klopp will have completed his first signing of the summer as he looks to put his stamp on this Liverpool squad.
Herrera is a very well-rounded central midfielder, he can pass, shoot and tackle to a good ability. Rather than excelling or specialising in any one area, he is good across the board and it is that wide range of attributes that make him a very useful addition to any midfield. He can play in a deep, central or more advanced role and would be a good fit for Jurgen Klopp, who likes to tinker with his team and their roles.
Herrera’s best role is probably as a box-to-box midfielder because of his ability to be effective at both ends of the pitch. He’s energetic, which suits Klopp’s high-intensity system. He often plays with defensive responsibility and clearly enjoys the more physical defensive side of the game, whilst he also has an eye for goal, especially long range efforts.
It appears that Liverpool may have come in and paid the €25million asking price immediately, whereas Napoli were reluctant to pay an initial fee of more than €18million. This is another case which highlights the money in English football right now and although Liverpool have not managed to secure Champions League football, they have the money, manager and stature to still attract some top quality players.