Another day, and another new name linked with a move to Liverpool during the January transfer window. Well, this one isn’t exactly a new name, just one that hasn’t been mentioned in a while.

Liverpool is, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato, linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozović. The Croatian has been connected with a switch to Anfield in the past, but not in recent times.

Calciomercato believes that Jürgen Klopp wants Brozović in his squad immediately, and is willing to give up Naby Keïta, and cash, in the process. Brozović recently signed an extension, keeping him in Milan until the summer of 2026, by which time he’ll be 33 years old.

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Brozović is valued at $37m (£30m/€35m) by Transfermarkt, and it would take an offer close to that for Inter to consider letting the Croat go. Brozović is one of the side's star players, and an instant starter when fit. Yet this season has been one of frustration for him. Injuries have kept him out of the team more often than he’s been in it.

Just 12 appearances so far this season, and 14 games missed, tells its own story. Yet there can be little doubt that when he’s healthy, he goes straight into Simone Inzaghi’s team. in fact, it could be argued that Inter’s midfield is built around Brozović, rather than someone like Nicolò Barella, with the former at the heart of Inzaghi’s five-man midfield.

In his absence, former Milan midfielder Hakan Çalhanoğlu has stepped in admirably, but he’s no replacement for Brozović. While he’s crucial for Inter, would he fit into Klopp’s side?

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The answer is yes and no. In terms of ability, Brozović is clearly good enough to play for Liverpool. He can dictate the tempo of a game and can press when required; he’s brilliant with the ball in tight spaces and very rarely loses possession. He can also put a foot in and do the dirty side of the game effectively.

However, he’s not the most dynamic of players, and in many ways, he’s a less talented version of Thiago Alcântara, albeit a bit more mobile than the Spaniard. Brozović's arrival wouldn’t fix Liverpool’s problems in midfield, namely the current inability to protect the defense.

Ironically, the player Liverpool is supposedly looking to give Inter, Keïta, would be a better fit for what Klopp needs now than Brozović. But of course, the problem with the Guinean is keeping him fit for long stretches of time.

If the deal was just a straight swap, then it may be one worth considering, but if Liverpool have to hand over Keïta plus a big chunk of cash for Brozović, it’s not in the club’s best interests, and Klopp should just try to persevere with Keïta until the end of the season.