£54million midfielder would be a brilliant addition to Liverpool’s midfield – opinion

France and Stade Rennais star Eduardo Camavinga has put some of Europe’s biggest sides on red alert.

According to The Athletic, the 18-year old looks set to reject a new deal at the Roazhon Park. The Frenchman’s current deal will expire in 2022 giving Rennes no option but to sell.

This news will have caught the eye of Europe’s superpowers with Liverpool firmly within that group although his £54million value will give the Reds pause.

The Reds have been keeping an eye on the young midfielder since he made his debut in 2019 as a 16-year old. Impressively, Camavinga has 77 appearances in two years for Rennais’ first team scoring two goals and assisting three.

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Despite his young age, Eduardo Camavinga has become a regular for his side. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY GOAL.

On the international stage, Camavinga has four caps to his name with his most recent coming against Ukraine in 2020. During that game, he became France’s youngest goalscorer since 1914.

When could Eduardo Camavinga sign for Liverpool?

It does feel like any move for Camavinga would depend on the future of Gini Wijnaldum with the Dutchman’s future still unknown.

IF Wijnaldum was to leave then Camavinga does look like the closest ‘like for like replacement.

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Any move for the Frenchman could depend on the future of Gini Wijnaldum. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE TELEGRAPH.

Whilst at Stade Rennais, the youngster has played in a more central/defensive midfield role similar to Gini. His quick feet and ability to turn on the ball when running at pace is something that will appeal to Jurgen Klopp.

Even if Wijnaldum does stay, with question marks surrounding Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future, you would expect Camavinga to be ahead of those two in the pecking order.

How would Camavinga fit into Liverpool’s starting team?

Interestingly, Camavinga has played in two different midfield systems so far in both domestic and European competition. With the youngster playing in both a midfield three and two.

The first will interest Jurgen Klopp as it is the same midfield dynamic that the German uses at Anfield. With Camavinga playing on the right-hand side on a midfield three, playing alongside Steven Nzonzi as the holding midfielder.

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Playing alongside Steven Nzonzi in both systems has seen a young Camavinga excel. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY DAILY MAIL.

So assuming that Gini does leave, Henderson and Fabinho will be the first two names in that midfield. Meaning that Camavinga could slot into the third spot in midfield in rotation with Thiago and not feel out of place.

When moving to a big club at such a young age, familiarity can go a long way to easing your way into new surroundings.

The second system (midfield two) is something we have seen a lot more this season under Klopp and was seen as recently as against Real Madrid.

During that game, we saw Thiago and Wijnaldum playing as a two with Mane, Firmino, Jota and Salah all playing up top for Liverpool.

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PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Eduardo Camavinga of France reacts during warmup before the UEFA Nations League group stage match between France and Portugal at Stade de France on October 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

This would allow Klopp to keep either Henderson or Fabinho on the pitch but bring Camavinga into the game as the box to box runner or just fresh legs to allow the front four to take the game to the opposition’s defence

With his contract due to expire next summer and the fact, he has played in two ‘Klopp’ systems this season plus his age makes this a must deal.

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