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Who is Ederson? Liverpool ready to 'attack' $49m transfer to sign Brazilian who could be new Fabinho

Ederson of Atalanta is being linked with a move to Liverpool.
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Liverpool was promptly taken apart by Atalanta in the Europa League quarter-final first leg at Anfield in March. Gian Piero Gasperini's surprised many with its physical approach to the game, pressing the Reds and man-marking all over the pitch. The end result was Jürgen Klopp having little offer to combat it, and Liverpool lost 3-0 at home in a game which could have been even worse.

Liverpool won the return leg in Bergamo a week later, but it was too little, too late. The damage had already been done in the first leg. And one of the standout players of that game, and for Atalanta's whole season, is midfielder Ederson.

Ederson formed a brilliant partnership with Teun Koopmeiners at the heart of La Dea's midfield this season, and while the Dutchman is the more celebrated of the pair due to his goals and assists, Ederson is the engine, and the one who does the dirty work.

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Signed from Salernitana in the summer of 2022, Ederson was an immediate hit from the off. In a constantly changing Atalanta side that loses players on a yearly basis, Ederson has been pivotal to Gasperini's success this season. Whether playing in a four-man midfield or in a five, Ederson is exceptionally good at winning back possession of the ball and pressing his opposite number.

He made 52 appearances for Atalanta this season, as it reached a cup double, losing the Coppa Italia final to Juventus before winning the Europa League final against Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen in some style in Dublin. The latter final will always be remembered as the 'Ademola Lookman final', with the former Everton forward slamming in a hat-trick, but Ederson was tremendous.

The Brazilian gave Leverkusen's midfielders no time on the ball and forced them into mistakes. His performance was so good that La Gazzetta dello Sport, not the easiest of outlets to please, handed him a 8.5/10 match rating for the final.

Ederson puts his improvement on the field down to Gasperini, highlighting in April just how the 66-year-old has changed the midfielder: "In the past, I went to attack... Gasp made me become a little more practical. It's not easy. He's someone who wants to improve even the smallest details.

"After a few months, I understood what he was asking for. After six months let's say that I understood what I had to do even if I know that I have to improve some aspects. Gasperini is tough as a coach, he always asks you to work, but then you see that you can do well, which is no coincidence. He's raised the level of all the players who he coached."

According to TuttoAtalanta, Ederson is now being linked with a move to Liverpool amid his growing reputation — and the Reds are said to be prepared to 'attack' a transfer deal. A report from Calciomercato adds that he would be valued at around $49m (£38m/€45m). Ederson's performances haven't gone unnoticed. Liverpool would be smart to make a move for him considering he offers attributes the Reds haven't had in the side since Fabinho was at his peak.

Liverpool.com says: Ederson is only going to get better and his valuation will only grow, therefore it would make sense for Liverpool to strike as soon as possible to sign the 24-year-old. He would make for a great addition to the midfield and bring back the dynamism the club hasn't had since Fabinho.