Liverpool could finally sign Yves Bissouma after deciding against a move to bring him to Anfield in the summer, writes Michael Mongie.
Fresh off a thrilling 2-2 draw with Manchester City, Liverpool will have two weeks to regather and go again due to the second international break of the season.
While Mohamed Salah’s incredible goal should have won the game for the Reds, their inability to control the game in the middle of the park proved costly as Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected effort found the back of the net to see the two sides share the points.
Thiago Alcantara’s absence proved costly and so did Liverpool’s decision to not replace Georginio Wijnaldum as Jurgen Klopp had few options on the bench to see out the game from midfield.
Naby Keita was an unused substitute as was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and had someone like Yves Bissouma been signed in the summer, Liverpool may have been able to see out the game.
The Malian dominated Manchester City on the penultimate matchday of last season and with Duncan Castles covering the Reds’ interest in the former Lille star, fans can once again start wondering if he will join them in the future.
Castles, while on the Transfer Window Podcast, said: “Yves Bissouma is one of the candidates they’ve (Liverpool) been looking at for over a year now.
“Statistically he comes out extremely well and statistical recruitment is very important to a lot of Premier League clubs, it’s important to Manchester United and to Liverpool.”
“From Bissouma’s side, he wants to play Champions League football, he thought there was a good chance he would leave this summer, but I’m told that he’s preparing for this move by sharpening his off-field behaviour.”
Anfield Central was told in May that Brighton would demand £50million for Bissouma’s signature which put Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal off.
However, I think he could finally join the Merseysiders when he will be more affordable and he’s the dream midfield signing for Liverpool when you consider how perfect he is for Jurgen Klopp’s style of play.
He’s combative, able to press with ludicrous efficiency but is equally good once he’s on the ball and his dribbling, tight control and ability to evade opposition midfielders would be a fantastic addition to the Liverpool midfield.