Amid reports linking Naby Keita with a move to PSG, Liverpool have been told to sign N’Golo Kante to reinforce their midfield ranks.
The Reds’ no.8 has been cursed by injuries since he joined the club for £52million and while he no doubt has talent, he needs to display that ability more regularly.
Keita is 27 and should be enjoying his prime years as a central midfielder but this season he has been inconsistent even when fit.
Hopefully, the 2022/23 season can bring greater success for the former RB Leipzig star although he seems to be on PSG’s radar this summer.
Imedias.net first reported on PSG’s interest in Keita which is fitting given the outlet is from Guinea but they are yet to make an approach or an offer.
The Athletic reports that Liverpool want to extend his contract to ward off the interest from abroad as Jurgen Klopp still views Naby Keita as an important member of his squad.
Elsewhere, the German manager has been told to add N’Golo Kante to his squad to further improve the “workman-like” engine room he has built at Anfield.
Dean Saunders, who played 618 games in his career including 42 for Liverpool in the 90s, believes Chelsea’s French star would be the perfect addition for the Reds.
“I was looking at players in our league who could make them better,” said Saunders.
“I think Kante would make them better. I think Kante could slot into that midfield.
“They are a workman-like midfield. Fabinho, Henderson and Thiago, so I think somebody like Kante.”
Kante needs no introduction.
He’s won the Premier League twice with two different clubs, the Champions League, the Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Not to mention the actual FIFA World Cup with France.
His list of personal honours is extensive as well.
But unfortunately, he’s no longer the same player as injuries have robbed him of the consistency and impact he was once able to provide.
Kante is now 31 and seems to be feeling the effects of playing such a demanding role for Leicester, Chelsea and France over the last seven years.
The £290,000/week midfielder has suffered six different injuries since the start of the 2020/21 season.
I can’t imagine Liverpool spending what it would take for Chelsea to release him and under Klopp, he would play an even more demanding role than he has previously.
It’s a pity as I’ve always felt that the Parisian is the embodiment of the type of midfielder Klopp wants in his engine room.