In Focus: Andre’s ready for the step up to Premier League football at Liverpool

As reported by French outlet Le Telegramme, Liverpool are set to make a move for Rennes midfielder Benjamin Andre over the coming week.

What’s the story?

Manager Jurgen Klopp has made three first-team signings already this summer, bringing Mohammed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke to the club.

With midfield talent like Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart leaving the club though, he’s been left a little short in the middle of the park and is apparently casting his eye to Ligue 1 to find his man.

Le Telegramme say the Reds are ready to make a £15m offer for 27-year-old Benjamin Andre in the next few days, despite him recently signing a contract at the club until 2022.

Is he the kind of player Liverpool need in midfield next season?

What does he offer?

Andre has been at Rennes since 2014, joining the club on a free transfer from Ajaccio. Since then he’s become a key player for the Ligue 1 side, making 100 appearances in all competitions and emerging as one of the most accomplished central midfielders in the division.

His 2016/17 season was impressive, as these stats from Squawka show. He created 38 chances for his teammates in the league last season, clearly a player who isn’t afraid to get himself forward and contribute in the final third.

Other stats though point to him being a genuine all-rounder with his 79 interceptions and 53 clearances showing that he also offers an important defensive contribution to his team.

Coming into the peak of his career, he’s ready for the step up to the English Premier League and if Liverpool do sign him, he could be competing strongly for first-team places at Anfield.