That player is Inter Milan’s Mateo Kovacic. The Croatian midfielder is coming off a strong season in Italy where he contributed 5 goals and 3 assists in 41 total appearances for an Inter squad that finished 8th in Serie A.
The 21-year-old has all the skills to be able to succeed in the Premier League. He is a tall player at 5’11” and he uses his long legs to get past defenders in a hurry. He doesn’t just rely on his underrated physical strength to shrug off defenders, he also plays the game with an engine that refuses to quit.
He also possesses excellent dribbling skills that allows him to find his way through the opposing defense. If he is given any kind of space to pass, he also has the vision and the unselfishness to find his teammates in front of him. According to Squawka.com, he also totaled the fourth-most key passes in the Serie A with 59.
On Liverpool, Kovacic should be able to contribute in a variety of ways. Even though he is primarily a center midfielder, he is capable of playing higher up the field as a number 10 or even as a left winger.
That positional flexibility will allow Rodgers to find the best position within his chosen formation for Kovacic. He should work well with Philippe Coutinho as the primary creators for the team and if Daniel Sturridge returns to full health, we could see the return of an extremely powerful Liverpool attack.