According to Sports journalist Melissa Reddy, the Reds have ‘kept a watching brief’ on the tenacious 21-year-old midfielder. Fernandez only joined Benfica this summer from River Plate for £9 million, and signed a five-year deal.
The Argentine has played every minute of Benfica’s three Liga Portugal games so far this season, grabbing one goal. Fernandez predominately plays in the number eight role but can also fill in at defensive midfield.
Liverpool have already signed Darwin Nunez from Benfica this summer, but Schmidt believes the club will retain their prospect. The manager told the Record (as per ):
“No, I’m not afraid. He feels good here, it’s the perfect place to develop. He’s a great player, a great person, he’s focused, professional and knows what he does when he comes here.
“Everything came together at the right time, I think he will be here for a long time, half a year is not enough.”