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Liverpool TT Roundup: Reds in race for Mathis Rayan Cherki, recruitment team impressed by Ben White, assistant boss hails James Milner in training

Liverpool TT Roundup: Reds in race for Mathis Rayan Cherki, recruitment team impressed by Ben White, assistant boss hails James Milner in training - Liverpool

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Liverpool recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

Reds join the race for Mathis Rayan Cherki

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Liverpool have entered the race to sign 16-year-old Lyon attacker Mathis Rayan Cherki, who has reportedly attracted interest from several European suitors.

According to 90min.com, the Reds are hoping to make a move for the teenage prodigy, who has also sparked interest from Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs.

90min.com added that Liverpool are putting an emphasis on finding younger talents in their current recruitment strategy.

Verdict

Cherki has already been given first team opportunities at Lyon, playing in three Ligue 1 and Champions League games this season despite only turning 16 in August. [via TransferMarkt]

He has been in fine form for them in the UEFA Youth League, scoring four times in three matches, and the scale of interest in him is indicative of the huge potential he appears to have.

Also, unlike other Reds teenagers such as Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones, he has already tasted top flight and European football, so he seems to be further along his development than a few youngsters at Anfield and could well gain further experience over the coming months. He certainly seems worth keeping an eye on for Liverpool.

Reds’ recruitment team blown away by Ben White

Football Insider have reported that Liverpool’s recruitment personnel have had their heads turned by defender Ben White, who has been touted as a “superstar on the way up”.

A few weeks ago, Football Insider claimed that the Reds are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old centre-back, who is on loan at Leeds from Brighton and valued at more than £20m by his parent club.

According to Football Insider, he posted some excellent data metrics on Liverpool’s sophisticated player analysis tools, which has fuelled their interest in him.

Verdict

White has been ever-present for Leeds in their 19 Championship matches so far this season and has stood out for his astute reading of the game and ability to snuff out opposition attacks, with match averages of 1.8 successful tackles and 2.6 interceptions (as per WhoScored).

He has also been a strong presence in the air, winning 3.3 aerial duels per game, and has been gaining ample first team experience in recent months.

Although he is untested at Premier League level, he has been enjoying a fine season and, following the success of PFA Team of the Year member Andrew Robertson since joining from Hull in 2017, he could be another astute capture from within the English leagues.

Pepijn Lijnders reveals James Milner’s expertise at training drill

Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has revealed that midfielder James Milner is so adept at a pressing drill in training that he has had it named after him.

Speaking to The Guardian, Lijnders said that the ‘rondo’ pressing drill has been dubbed “Milly’s rondo” given the 33-year-old’s strength in the exercise.

Jurgen Klopp’s assistant told The Guardian: “The five-v-two rondo is a good example. It’s actually called Milly’s rondo now, after I got inspired by James Milner, because he always intercepted the ball within the first few passes. He was really quick and brought the focus of the rondo to another level.”

Verdict

While Milner has clearly impressed Lijnders in training, his match statistics wouldn’t suggest that he’d stand out among the Liverpool squad as someone with a knack for breaking up play.

His match average of 0.6 interceptions in the Champions League is the eighth highest in the squad, while 10 players have recorded more than his 0.2 interceptions per game in the Premier League. [via WhoScored]

He is the Reds’ joint third-best tackler in the Champions League, though, winning two per game, and for Lijnders to talk of how the team’s oldest outfield player is among the best at recovering possession speaks volumes for Milner’s stamina.

Liverpool fans, what are your thoughts on these stories? Share your views in the comments section below!


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