Liverpool have an ideal Fabinho replacement and it is not Romeo Lavia

Liverpool find themselves in something of a predicament as Fabinho moves closer to a move to Saudi Pro League club Al Ittihad.

The Brazilian signed for Liverpool from AS Monaco in 2018 and has played 219 times for the club, earning the nicknames ‘Dyson’ and ‘The Lighthouse’ for his ability to read games and set up counter-attacks. During five years on Merseyside, Fabinho has helped the team win every major honor they have competed for.

However, it appears his time to etch himself into the club’s history is coming to an end as an offer believed to be in the region of £40m is being considered by Anfield officials, while the player himself did not travel with the 32-man squad to Germany to continue pre-season training.

This leaves several questions about what Liverpool will do in the 30-day period between now and the first Premier League game of the season away to Chelsea.

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The Reds have already spent £95m on two midfield additions this summer – Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. However, those are more attack-oriented options, so if Fabinho were to depart in the coming days, it will be imperative to quickly get hold of a replacement with defensive ability in midfield.

In that area, the Reds have so far been limited to links to youthful talent, so it will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp shifts priorities to whoever is more ready ahead of a crucial season.

This business also comes at a difficult time, with two of the English top-flight’s biggest defensive midfield talents – Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo – signed for Arsenal and set to join Chelsea respectively. So working with players who are on the market and using Fbref.coms database, here are five candidates to take Fabinho’s place in the Liverpool squad:

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