Title: Fulham Midfielder Joao Palhinha’s Injury Adds Pressure to Liverpool’s Search for Replacements
Liverpool’s hunt for midfield reinforcements has hit a roadblock as Fulham’s Joao Palhinha suffers a shoulder injury during a pre-season friendly. The injury has further narrowed Liverpool’s pool of potential targets as they prepare for the departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, who are set to move to the Saudi Pro League.
Palhinha, previously a touted option for Liverpool, had first been linked to the club back in March. However, the midfielder’s misfortune casts doubt on whether the Merseyside club will pursue a transfer deal for the injured player this summer, as Liverpool prioritizes signing immediate starters.
During the pre-season friendly, Palhinha had to be substituted and was replaced by Kevin Mbabu following treatment for his shoulder injury. Fulham manager Marco Silva expressed concern over the severity of the injury, predicting a dislocated shoulder and potentially another long-term setback for the midfielder.
This setback arrives as Liverpool urgently requires at least one new midfielder, preferably two, to maintain the strength of their squad. However, the priority targets for the club are yet to be determined.
Liverpool could have been exploring options outside of Palhinha’s injury troubles, as speculation surrounding Borussia Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone previously began to fade due to a knee injury suffered earlier in the summer. The situation involving both players emphasizes the club’s hesitancy to sign injured players and instead focus on acquiring fit and ready-to-play talents.
Adding further complexity to the situation, Fulham had rejected a £45 million offer from West Ham for Palhinha, valuing him at a significant £80 million. This high valuation may deter potential suitors from approaching the midfielder, especially considering his recent injury setback.
As Liverpool scrambles to strengthen their midfield ahead of the upcoming season, they will need to reassess their options given the dwindling pool of available players. Fans anxiously await news on the club’s pursuit of replacements for Henderson and Fabinho as the transfer window draws to a close.