16 Jun 2016

Hendo-Killer? Liverpool keen to sign 'absolutely terrific' £20m powerhouse who likes to 'defend and attack'

Last summer, Liverpool were linked with a move for Newcastle United enforcer Moussa Sissoko, and new reports suggest that the Reds are back in the hunt for the combative French midfielder.

According to the Daily Express:

"Chelsea and Liverpool have entered the race to sign wantaway midfielder Moussa Sissoko. Newcastle will demand at least £20m for his services".

Prior to his move to Newcastle, Sissoko confirmed that he'd had 'contact with Liverpool', but now, he appears to have his heart set on a move to Arsenal. Earlier this month, Sissoko enthused:

"Arsenal is one of the best European teams. The beautiful Arsenal. We will see. For the moment, I'm focused on the Euros."

Ex-Red Danny Murphy is a big fan of Sissoko, and during the 2014-15 season, he told the BBC:

“Liverpool should go for Sissoko. He's a box-to-box midfielder, who has looked absolutely terrific since going centrally".

I really don't see the point in signing Sissoko.

* Liverpool need positional specialists in midfield (a dedicated DM, or a top quality, Gerrard-like attacking midfielder), and Sissoko doesn't appear to excel in either role.

* Sissoko's end product is pitiful: 12 goals/19 assists in 133 apps for Newcastle (Goal every 960 mins. G/A every 372 mins). This is not good enough for a box-to-box midfielder with attacking responsibilities.

* Liverpool have Can, so that arguably negates the need for Sissoko.

Plus, there's the transfer fee to consider. £20m? No chance, especially in light of Newcastle's recent relegation. For £8m-£10m maybe, but anything more than that is not worth the risk.

Unfortunately, like Marco Arnautovic, Sissoko - who describes himself as an 'attacking midfielder, who likes to move, defend, and attack' - is a realistic transfer target for Liverpool, and there's clearly more chance of sealing this deal than signing players like Higuain and Mkhitaryan.

If Liverpool sign Sissoo, then Jordan Henderson's position will inevitably be under threat, but can the France international thrive at Anfield?

Author: Jaimie K


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