Like a new iPhone owner, Liverpool fans must be reading every word written about their beloved through irascible frustration, reiterating in their head an obvious, painful conclusion relating to Americans and trust. Unfortunately the forthcoming paragraph will not alleviate the symptoms of heated annoyance or the sense of violation.
Damien Plessis, promising 22-year-old French youngster, is the newest candidate to egress the Anfield aperture.
The Frenchman, who was largely expected to follow in the footsteps of Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Hatem Ben Arfa, has found it difficult to break into – with anything other than superficial effect – the Liverpool first team. Since joining from Olympique Lyonnais in 2007, the midfielder has featured only 7 times for the Reds.
Despite struggling at club level, Plessis has blossomed for his country, playing at every level for the French national youth side. Plessis no doubt caught the eye of his former manager Rafael Benitez while playing for the French U19 side that progressed to the European Championships semi-final. Since then, Plessis has appeared four and then eight times at U20 and U21 level respectively, winning respect and plaudits along the way.
Portuguese champions Benfica are apparently one of a few who have been impressed by the starlet and are reportedly pursuing the midfielder. Moreover, it is expected that their interest will not be wavered by the fact that Plessis’ contract has two more years to run. Liverpool, therefore, may look to cash in on their promising Frenchman.
Speculation suggests that a knock-down fee short of £1million is on the cards.
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