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Liverpool: Lewis Cook is still seen as a potential successor to James Milner

Liverpool: Lewis Cook is still seen as a potential successor to James Milner - Liverpool

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook remains of interest to Liverpool, whose recruitment team are set to keep close tabs on him with an eye to a possible move to Anfield.

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Football Insider reported that the Reds have maintained their interest in the 22-year-old, having been on the radar last year prior to an anterior cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee.

According to Football Insider, Liverpool view Cook as a player who has the attitude, energy and pedigree to replace James Milner in midfield, with the 33-year-old out of contract at Anfield at the end of this season as things stand.

Cook joined Bournemouth from Leeds for an initial £6m in 2016, according to Football Insider, and had made 56 appearances for the club prior to his cruciate ligament injury against Huddersfield last December.

His form for the Cherries saw him given an England call-up in November 2017 and his senior international debut four months later, having captained his country to triumph at the Under-20 World Cup the previous summer.

He made his comeback from injury by playing 77 minutes against Everton last weekend, in which he won one tackle, made two interceptions and had a 76.5% passing success rate. [via]

In 13 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth last season, he recorded match averages of 0.4 successful aerial duels, one tackle, 0.6 interceptions, 0.2 key passes and 30.2 passes, with 83.2% accuracy in his ball distribution. [via]

Cook is mainly a central midfielder but is a versatile player who has frequently been deployed on the right-hand side of midfield, just like Milner.

The Liverpool man has had just 244 minutes of gametime so far this season, having played 2,836 minutes in 2018/19, starting 29 matches in the Premier League and Champions League.

In 2019/20 thus far, Milner has match averages of 0.6 successful aerial duels, 0.8 tackles, 0.2 interceptions, 0.6 key passes and 28.6 passes, with 85.1% ball distribution accuracy. [via]

While he trumps Cook for passing accuracy and frequency in comparison to the latter’s figures from last season, the Bournemouth man posted better ball-winning figures than Milner has managed so far this term.

Cook may be more adept than Milner at breaking up play, but Liverpool already have a player in Fabinho who excels in this regard – the Brazil international has averaged 3.2 successful tackles per game this season.

Also, the Bournemouth man has offered very little in terms of goal contributions, with no goals and just three assists in his time with the Cherries.

Even if Milner departs Anfield upon the expiry of his contract, Cook doesn’t seem like a midfield player who will atone for the veteran’s weaker aspects while bringing something to the team that Liverpool don’t already have.

Liverpool fans, do you think Cook would be an ideal successor to Milner at Anfield? Have your say in the comments section below!

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