The ever-spinning rumour mill is in full effect despite January being some way off and one of the more intriguing stories to emerge during the past few days is Liverpool’s alleged interest in Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, as reported by Web Calcio.
We’ll confess from the off, Web Calcio is not an outlet we’re entirely familiar with. But the Italian football website have dropped an interesting update, claiming Liverpool are interested in a January loan move for Kondogbia.
The three-cap France international is a defensive midfielder of some repute and earned rave reviews while at Monaco – he featured heavily as the Ligue 1 outfit knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League in 2014/15.
Essentially, the report centres around Kondogbia’s situation at Inter, with the 6ft 2” enforcer having slipped down the pecking order. Indeed, the 23-year-old has completed just two 90-minute run outs in Serie A so far this term and was hauled off after 28 minutes during a recent game against Bologna – he was then dropped from the XI for the trip to Roma last weekend.
He spoke out on Twitter between these fixtures, sharing a message that said he won’t “give up” and will keep trying after his set-back… although Web Calcio believe his days under Frank de Boer may be numbered.
— Geoffrey Kondogbia (@Geo_Kondogbia) September 30, 2016
Well, towards the end of the report, Liverpool are outlined as the main suitors for Kondogbia. It’s alleged that Inter will let him leave on loan for the remainder of 2016/17 when the January transfer window opens and that the Reds are so keen to take him that they’ll pay his entire salary. Hmmmm.
This is a hard one to call. For many, the Merseysiders have been crying out for an orthodox holding midfielder for almost as long as we can remember, but Jurgen Klopp’s decision to use Jordan Henderson as a No.6 (to great effect, we might add) suggests he does not share this widely voiced view. In fact, with Liverpool’s midfield all about energy and movement, a holder may actually slow things down – which might explain Lucas Leiva’s continued absence.
But, to come around to Web Calcio’s thinking, let’s just hypothesise that Liverpool do need a holding player in the centre of the pitch…
As the numbers (crunched by Squawka) show, Kondogbia falls some way behind Henderson in most of the key returns defensive midfielders are judged upon. His aerial duels won-per-game return is far superior – although still behind Lucas’ score. Not a glowing verdict, it would seem.
Don’t put your mortgage on it, put it that way…