Unearthing Morten Frendrup: Liverpool’s Midfield Prospect
A Rising Star in Serie A
A bit of a ‘who’ moment from most of them except the Serie A hipsters eh reds. However, our scouts will be well aware of Morten Frendrup by the sounds of it. Genoa’s young midfield maestro is making waves with his recent performances in Serie A, capturing the attention of Premier League giants Liverpool. As the Reds look likely to bolster their midfield options in the summer, Frendrup’s name has surfaced as a potential key addition to Klopp’s setup.
What’s Been Said
The buzz around Anfield is palpable with reports linking Liverpool to the 22-year-old Dane. Liverpool.com highlights Frendrup’s admiration for the club, stating he has “previously admitted to being a Liverpool fan,” which is often seen as an advantage when integrating a player into the fabric of a team. The club, always on the lookout for talent that aligns with their playing philosophy, sees a player thriving under Alberto Gilardino’s tutelage and is eager to add his dynamism to their squad. It’s not the first link to us either.
The Key Stats
Frendrup’s stats speak volumes about his capabilities and rise. With 22 appearances in all competitions this season, he has shown maturity beyond his years. He has played predominantly as a central midfielder but has also adapted to defensive and right midfield roles, showcasing his tactical flexibility. Internationally, although still at the cusp of his career, he is yet to have achieved full honours for the Danish national team. He’s playing regularly though and is moving into that sample size and age the Reds like.
Compare Him To
Wataru Endo of Liverpool provides a natural and obvious benchmark for Frendrup. While Endo boasts a pass completion rate of 90.7% for short passes and 89.2% for medium passes, Frendrup isn’t far behind with an 85.7% and 80.4% completion rate respectively. However, it’s his overall stats that don’t mark him out as progressive as we’d hope. With a pass completion rate below 79% and less than 34 passes attempted on average per 90 minutes, those aren’t near Endo or what you’d be looking for from an LFC number six. A sole destroyer yes (he’s in the 99th percentile for tackles), but that wasn’t all Fabinho was.
Likelihood and Fee
When it comes to the financials, transfermarkt values Frendrup at €10 million, a fair price for a player of his potential and it’ll likely take double what you’d think. With two years left on his contract in this summer and his current wages being a bargain in today’s inflated market (around £10,000 per week according to capology.com), the economic viability of this transfer is clear. Liverpool’s history of shrewd transfers could see them land another significant talent without breaking the bank. However, based on what they have and what you feel the club will be looking for it’s hard to see this one. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the premier league and some point. Just hard to picture it at us.