Kovacic set up Ivan Rakitic for Croatia’s third as the European nation sealed their spot in the World Cup’s last 16 with a crushing victory over Lionel Messi’s side, but some Liverpool supporters have been hoping their side make a play for the 24-year-old for some time now.
According to COPE, Kovacic has reportedly asked to leave Real Madrid, and although his request has been denied, his desire to be a key figure for whatever team he plays for means the situation is unlikely to go away anytime soon.
Writing on a Liverpool page on Reddit, a number of supporters of the Anfield asked the club to target Kovacic, despite the recent signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho. One user wrote: “Absolutely. Fabinho/Keita/Kovacic would be an absolutely ridiculous midfield three that’s actually extremely well rounded and dynamic.”
Another wrote: “I would gladly take him over Fekir. Fabinho-Kovacic-Keita midfield on paper is one of the best not in the league but in all of Europe.”
Another quipped: “Would add quality depth to midfield as he can play the 6, 8 & 10 effectively. For £40m he makes a lot of sense. Adding another mid that loves a dribble is fine with me.”
Emre Can was finally confirmed as a Juventus player on Thursday, while it remains to be seen who will feature regularly alongside Keita and Fabinho during the 2018/19 season.