Unveiling Liverpool’s Latest Target: Andre, the Potential Replacement for Jordan Henderson and Fabinho
Liverpool’s recent £21 million bid for Fluminense midfielder Andre has left many Kopites wondering, “Who is he?” While the interest from Liverpool did not come out of nowhere, with reports from Mail Sport in July mentioning the club’s interest, Andre was not a high-profile target until recently.
The urgency to find replacements for Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, who completed moves to Al-Ettifaq and Al-Ittihad respectively, along with Southampton rejecting Liverpool’s bid for Romeo Lavia, has heightened the need for a new defensive midfielder for Liverpool. With the introduction of Andre, a Brazilian option, it’s essential to answer the burning questions: Who is he, and what qualities could he bring to the team?
At only 22 years old, Andre Trindade has already amassed a significant amount of experience. He caught the attention of Fluminense at the age of 12 while playing as a striker in a youth tournament. Despite facing challenges during his transition to midfield and moving away from his home, Andre persevered and embraced his new role.
Fast forward to the present, and Andre has become an integral part of Fluminense, making 145 appearances for the club. He has tasted success, winning consecutive Taca Guanabara and two Campeonato Carioca titles in 2022 and 2023. His impressive performances earned him a spot in the Brazilian league’s team of the year, and he received his first cap for Brazil in a friendly match against Senegal.
While Fluminense is determined to keep hold of him until at least January, other clubs like Fulham, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Spurs, and West Ham have reportedly shown interest, setting the stage for a potential bidding war.
A Closer Look
Assessing a player from a less familiar league always carries the risk of overhyping or underestimating their abilities. However, Andre’s statistics in Brazil’s top flight showcase his potential to fill various midfield roles, particularly due to his passing and ball-carrying skills.
Impressive statistics highlight his passing ability, as he leads Brazil’s Serie A in completed passes and pass completion percentage. He ranks among the top players in terms of touches and carries the ball a considerable distance. Andre is rarely dispossessed, despite being heavily involved in receiving the ball.
Defensively, he excels in interceptions, although his attempted tackles are relatively lower compared to his peers. Nevertheless, his tackling success rate is noteworthy. He frequently makes tackles in Fluminense’s defensive third, suggesting his ability to intervene in opposition attacks during the later stages. It remains to be seen how he would adapt to Liverpool’s pressing style under Klopp, which focuses on winning the ball back quickly in advanced positions.
Andre’s heat map primarily places him in a typical defensive midfielder position, but his movement is dynamic, often finding him on the left side of the opponent’s half. This versatility suggests he could fit well into an expansive and fluid system.
While Andre is not a prolific playmaker, he contributes to the team’s passing game by making safe and efficient passes. His attacking contributions, measured by goals and assists, are relatively modest. However, it’s important to remember that statistics alone do not capture the full picture, and there are many intangible qualities that make a player valuable.
Watching Andre in action, one can appreciate his determination, his ability to win tackles, and his elegant passing and movement in midfield. While these attributes are not unique to him, they have set him apart in Brazil and earned him the opportunity to prove himself in Europe.
The question of whether Andre can replicate his dominance in Brazil at an elite European club like Liverpool remains unanswered. However, there is reason for Liverpool fans to be cautiously excited about his potential impact on the team.