Liverpool could take the opportunity to strengthen their midfield during the January transfer window and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source on a potential target.
According to journalist Jacque Talbot, Liverpool have held talks over signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Kouadio Kone.
Talbot tweeted: “Hear been talks between Reds and Khephren Thuram of Nice – and Kouadio Kone of Borussia Monchengladbach.”
It is no secret that Liverpool are in desperate need of reinforcements in midfield, something that has become glaringly obvious since the start of the current campaign.
The Reds are currently sixth in the Premier League ahead of their clash with Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend with a challenging second half of the season ahead of them in order to climb back inside the top four, now seven points behind in the race for a Champions League qualification spot.
The Carabao Cup champions of last season have already been knocked out by Manchester City, suffered a disappointing draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup pending a replay and next month will face their Champions League rivals Real Madrid in the round of 16 – only adding to the pressure mounting at Anfield.
As a result, the powerbrokers at the Merseyside club can no longer continue to ignore the much-needed refresh in the centre of the pitch and the signing of Kone could be the perfect opportunity to add pace, aggression, quality and depth to their midfield in order to transform their gloomy trajectory over the remainder of the campaign.
In fact, the Reds could even land an alternative to one of their widely-reported top transfer targets Moises Caicedo as Kone – who was hailed a “warrior” by Jacek Kulig – is a clone of the Ecuadorian ace with the Brighton midfielder being named as one of the most comparable players to the Gladbach star, according to FBref.
The two midfielders have shared similarities in some of their strongest attributes so far this term, including goal contributions (2 v 2), pass completion rate (85.4% v 87.4%), shot-creating actions (34 v 35), goal-creating actions per 90 (0.22 v 0.19) and blocks (20 v 17).
Both immense box-to-box propositions, it is generally in defensive situations where their quality shines through the most, with the duo making a comparable amount of tackles this term, albeit with Caicedo coming out on top – 2.97 to 2.13 per 90 minutes.
It is reported by Sport BILD (via GGFN) that Kone has a price tag of €45m (£39m) whilst Caicedo boasts a more expensive transfer fee of £65m, so it could be an opportunity to acquire the services of a like-minded midfielder at the fraction of the price – something that will surely capture FSG’s attention.
With that being said, the signing of Kone could be the perfect solution to the ongoing issues at Anfield and if the club can secure a deal ahead of the second half of the season he could be a huge asset to Klopp over the remaining fixtures.