Liverpool FC urged to sign Renato Sanches to replace Georginio Wijnaldum
LILLE, FRANCE - JANUARY 31: Renato Sanches of Lille OSC runs with the ball during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Dijon FCO at Stade Pierre Mauroy on January 31, 2021 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Former Reds defender Jose Enrique believes Liverpool FC should recruit Lille and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches to replace Georginio Wijnaldum.

Liverpool are looking for a new midfielder after Wijnaldum signed a free transfer to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Since joining the Merseyside club from Newcastle United, the Netherlands international has been an important player for the Reds.

Before joining PSG in the summer, Wijnaldum helped Liverpool win the Premier League, Champions League, and Fifa World Club Cup under Jurgen Klopp.

In the current transfer window, Liverpool FC has been associated with a variety of central midfielders as Klopp seeks to replace the Dutch ace.

Sanches has been a standout performer for Lille this season, and the former Swansea City midfielder was key in their 2-2 draw with world champions France earlier this week.

The former Liverpool player, Enrique, believes the club should aim to recruit Sanches to fill the vacuum left by Wijnaldum’s departure.

“This [Sanches] is the man I want to replace Gini,” Enrique wrote on his Instagram page. “He steps up on the big stage.

“This man is an absolute engine and knows how to dictate a midfield like Gini did. He’s physically a level above others, he seems like a perfect fit for Klopp. He also has that creative aspect which Gini had.”

In 23 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, Sanches scored one goal and provided three assists.

In 59 games across all competitions, the Portuguese player has scored five goals.

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