Liverpool eye Lewis Cook as possible long-term Jordan Henderson successor

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Liverpool have reportedly reignited their interest in Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook following his return from injury, according to Football Insider.

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The 22-year-old made his comeback from an ACL injury in the Cherries’ 3-1 victory over Everton last weekend, making his first appearance for the club since being ruled out last December.

Prior to that injury the central midfielder had been in impressive form, and saw his performances rewarded with a call-up to the England squad.

Football Insider report that the Reds were previously keeping an eye on him due to last season’s displays, but considering the reported £75m+ asking price for Nathan Ake, it may not be an easy task for Liverpool to prise him away from the south coast.

He has just under three years reamining of his contract and if he can get back to full fitness soon he could be a key player under Eddie Howe once again, having missed just two Bournemouth games last season before getting injured.

A rough diamond

Cook has already proved that he has the technical ability to perform on a consistent basis, but there is certainly room for improvement in his game.

The former Leeds player is tidy in possession without being too daring on the ball, but fits well into the Cherries’ midfield as he keeps things ticking over and retains possession for his side, as his pass accuracy of 83% in 2018/19 indicates.

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However, due to his lack of creativity and goalscoring threat – epitomised by the fact he hasn’t scored for Bournemouth in 57 matches and only achieved a key pass average of 0.2 per game last term – he is very much in the mould of Jordan Henderson or Gini Wijnaldum, who averaged 0.5 and 0.7 respectively last season.

That means he could be a suitable candidate to replace the latter, whose contract expires next summer.

In addition, Henderson could be a great role model for the midfielder. The Liverpool skipper joined the club at a similar age to what Cook is now and has matured into a great player on and off the pitch, and he could be crucial to the Cherries man becoming a long-term club servant if he did make the move to Anfield.

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