Liverpool’s summer transfer window passed without too much drama or excitement, much to the disappointment of the supporters, although that could be about to change in January.
Former RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate was the only arrival at Anfield despite several senior players departing the Merseyside outfit.
Gini Wijnaldum’s decision to join Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer left many expecting a new engine room operator to grace Jurgen Klopp’s first-team setup, but a successor was never found.
However, according to Metro Sport reporter Aden-Jay Wood, Liverpool will attempt to replace the Netherlands international in just a few months’ time after eyeing up a move for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma.
He tweeted: “I’m told there remains long-standing interest in Brighton’s Yves Bissouma from several clubs including Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Bissouma, who has 2yrs left on his current deal, is happy on the south coast, but one that could be revisited in January.”
After a steady first season in English football, Bissouma has established himself as one of the most impressive central midfielders outside of the traditional ‘Big Six’ clubs.
Although he doesn’t grab the headlines through goals and assists, the Mali international provides a solid base for the more attack-minded members of the squad to work from, forming the foundations of an exciting Seagulls side.
In 2020/21, the combative dynamo recorded an average of 2.9 tackles per league game, the highest total amongst his teammates who made over three appearances, as per WhoScored.
The 25-year-old also outperformed his colleagues when it came to interceptions, making 1.8 per Premier League fixture, and it wasn’t just his off-the-ball work where Bissouma excelled.
He achieved a passing accuracy of 87.4%, the third-highest tally in the whole of the Brighton squad, showcasing his adeptness at kickstarting attacks as well as breaking up the opponent’s play.
Therefore, Liverpool supporters will surely be buzzing to learn of the club’s reported interest in the highly-rated midfielder.
Bissouma could be a perfect fit for Klopp’s high-energy pressing game, and ease the transition into life without Wijnaldum, allowing the 19-time English champions to return to their previous lofty perch.
So, while a move may not have materialised on transfer deadline day, Wood’s claim that the Reds remain interested in Bissouma is an exciting one and something that will have fans buzzing.