9 Apr 2017

Agent confirms: 'Klopp' wants 'Liverpool' to sign 'impressive' £34m midfield destroyer. Replace Can?

Liverpool have been linked with Atalanta star Franck Kessie several times this season, and according to his agent, Klopp's interest is genuine.

Liverpool have reportedly scouted 'impressive' Kessie 'extensively' this season (including at the AFCON), and when asked this week about a possible summer transfer, the midfielder's agent told Rai Sport:

“There are many overseas clubs interested in him. Manchester City. Liverpool, where their manager Jurgen Klopp knows how to help young players develop".

Kessie's agent further added:

“There are very few clubs who can afford him. He’s a good lad, honest and humble. He is a complete player, and everywhere you put him, he can do that role".

Atalanta have allegedly slapped a £34m price tag on Kessie, which is expensive, but it still affordable.

Some info about Kessie, who is (lazily) nicknamed the 'New Yaya Toure':

* Defensive/holding midfielder, who can also play as a center-back. Contract expires: 2021

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Excellent marking abilities. Good sense of positioning. Speed, stamina, power and technique. Great movement around the box".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "[Prone to] dangerous tackles. Still a raw product that needs polishing in many aspects".

* Aug 2016: Kessie admitted: "I was close to joining Sunderland, but I preferred Serie A to the Premier League because it's possible to learn tactics".

* Oct 2016: Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini's assessment: "Technically, he [Kessie] has a good foundation and an impressive physical dominance. He can play one day at a big club".

* Oct 2016: On where he needs to improve: "I must improve tactically. I came to Italy for this reason. Here, a young guy learns more about the game."

* Oct 2016: On his football role models: "My idols are Yaya Toure and [Michael] Essien. I have to work very hard to reach that level".

If contract rebel Emre Can leaves this summer, Liverpool will need a replacement, but is Kessie the answer?

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