Liverpool’s midfield trio – regardless of the personnel – has formed the backbone of their success in the past twelve months, with boundless energy and determination characterising the essence of their performances.
Whoever Jurgen Klopp has called upon in midfield has performed with an intensity that suggests the competition for a starting berth is incredibly healthy.
But despite Klopp’s decision to sign both Naby Keita and Fabinho in the summer transfer window, a recent report from France suggests that he is eager to add further quality to his midfield options.
Indeed, according to French media outlet RMC Sport, Liverpool are interested in signing Abdoulaye Doucoure, although they face competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal for his signature.
Such is the enormity of Doucoure’s glowing reputation and the demand for his services, the Hornets have slapped a 40 million euro (£35 millon) price tag on his head.
In the current market that actually represents fantastic value for a player who is proven in the Premier League and moving towards his prime.
Part of a dying breed of box-to-box midfielders, there are not too many players who can provide the engine which he would undoubtedly bring to Liverpool, and his brilliant athleticism makes him an ideal candidate to slot into the Reds’ relentlessly hard-working midfield unit.
And Doucoure also has the technical ability and the forward-thinking instincts to make a decisive impact in the final-third, as his return of 7 goals and 4 assists from 37 Premier League appearances last season serves to illuminate – he has already matched his assist tally after just 10 games in the current campaign.
With the emerging news that Aaron Ramsey will be available on a free transfer next summer, it’s likely that Liverpool will consider Doucoure as a backup option to the Welsh midfielder, but if Ramsey decides against a move to Anfield there is no doubt that Watford’s lynchpin would be a shrewd addition.
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