28 Jul 2016

Deal Close? Liverpool in talks to sign 'absolutely terrific' €40m powerhouse. Offer made

Liverpool are once again being linked with Newcastle United star Moussa Sissoko, and reports this week suggest that the Reds are taking concrete steps to seal a transfer.

Last month, the Daily Express claimed:

"Chelsea and Liverpool have entered the race to sign wantaway midfielder Moussa Sissoko".

This week, French newspaper Le 10 Sport claims:

"According to our sources, Liverpool and Dortmund have made offers directly to Moussa Sissoko, and Rafa Benitez is looking for a €40m transfer fee".

Prior to his move to Newcastle, Sissoko confirmed that he'd had 'contact with Liverpool', but I really don't see the point in this deal:

* 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.

* Sissoko showed his limitations at Euro 2016. Lots of running, industry, pressing etc (Klopp's favoured qualities), but zero impact in the final third, with constant poor end product.

Plus, there's the transfer fee to consider. €40m? No chance, especially in light of Newcastle's recent relegation. For £10m-£15m maybe, but anything more than that is not worth the risk. If the club is going to spend €40m+ on another midfielder, it should go on a player who will walk into the team and dominate in one clearly defined position.

Alas, Klopp is seemingly obsessed with 'multi-functional' players, and he proved this again last week with his comments about Giorgino Wijnaldum:

"He [Wijnaldum] can play in five or six different positions. That’s one of the things I really like about him. He’s a complete footballer.”

Remind me: how did Wijnaldum's alleged status as a 'complete footballer' help Newcastle last season? The same question applies to Sissoko, who went AWOL last season and scored just ONE measly Premier League.

Enough with the 'Jack of all trades' policy already! Mark my words: Liverpool will *never* prosper with this approach (i.e. signing players to fill multiple roles in the team instead of focusing on positional-specialists).

^ Hailed by ex-Red Danny Murphy as 'absolutely terrific'.

Author: Jaimie K


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