Houssem Aouar could be on the move this summer but with little talk about his future right now, Liverpool should consider signing him from Lyon.
21-year-old Aouar is one of Europe’s best young midfielders. He has eight goals and four assists in 33 games this season. He shares an agent with Joe Gomez and as Virgil van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com, this can be important when Liverpool are talking to players of interest.
According to Transfermarkt, Aouar is worth £37.8million which is an affordable fee.
He’s also Ibrahima Konate’s France U21 teammate which could prove useful as well.
He is a playmaking number 8, who is very easy on the eye. Aouar is a great dribbler and an excellent passer but is also a hard worker which means he would suit Liverpool’s style.
Of the current midfielders at Anfield, he is closest in style to Gini Wijnaldum. He is press-resistant and rarely loses the ball, and comes up with a few goals here and there.
He could be the ideal man to replace Wijanldum with the Dutchman joining PSG.
Aouar hasn’t exactly lit up Ligue 1 this season but he remains one of the best creative no.8s out there.
He’d be a sensational player under Jurgen Klopp and his role for Lyon actually reminds me a lot of the one that Philippe Coutinho excelled in before his record-obliterating move to Barcelona in 2018.
Coutinho was tasked with providing support for the front three in a number of ways with his primary role being a creator. He was brilliant in this role, assisting 10 goals in 19 Premier League and Champions League appearances.
Furthermore, he scored 10 goals as his goalscoring ability blossomed with the second aspect of his role as an attacking no.8 role having to do with getting forward with Salah, Mane and Firmino and acting as a fourth forward in the final third.
Aouar could benefit from this as his late runs into the box are well-timed and his finishing is fantastic for a midfielder.
Creatively, he has the potential to become one of the best players in the league but would need to improve his output as his three Ligue 1 assists this season is not good enough.
A midfield three of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Houssem Aouar has everything you’d want.
Steel, awareness, leadership, bite, creativity and goals.
If a game required more nous and control, Thiago Alcantara could be utilised but most importantly, Aouar would give Klopp an option he hasn’t had for quite some time.
Goals and assists have been sorely missed from central midfield and while the French star hasn’t been at his best recently, he’d be incredible under the German manager.