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Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool should take into account a “new Steven Gerrard” and a £42 million star, a perfect solution to liverpool midfield problem.



Liverpool want a midfielder who will do the job of two, much like Steven Gerrard did. They missed their main transfer target but others did the trick.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool should take into account a "new Steven Gerrard" and a £42 million star, a perfect solution to liverpool midfield problem.

It’s widely believed among Liverpool fans at this stage that the club need to sign ‘another midfielder’, but what kind of player could they be considering?
Paul Joyce of The Times pitched an idea to supporters, reporting that the Reds want someone who can act as both number six and number eight.
So they’re actually after another player in the form of former target Aurelien Tchouaméni, who thwarted their plans by opting for Real Madrid instead (via ECHO).
Tchouaméni would have been an ideal signing and it is becoming increasingly clear that his decision was a blow to the Reds, but Liverpool still have time to sign a solid alternative this summer.

Using FBRef’s similar players tool, we’ve identified three midfielders who could fit the bill. Kouadio Koné, Borussia Monchengladbach (21)

Koné, signed from Toulouse in 2020 for £8.1m, started this season playing alongside Christoph Kramer in Gladbach’s 4-2-3-1 formation after playing extensively with the former Liverpool goal last season, Florian Neuhaus collaborated in a 3-4-2-1.
He was ninth in the Bundesliga last season in tackles won and leads the lead in progressive passes so far this season, while also being fifth in runs in the final third.
As a France Under-21 international, he has been described as a “monstrous box-to-box midfielder in the making” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, who says playing against Koné is ” like having an extra man on the pitch”.
It seems predictable that Liverpool will have to pay a premium to sign Koné at this stage of the window. Newcastle reportedly told Borussia Mönchengladbach they would be willing to pay £29.5million for him, but they were turned away (via L’Équipe). Daniel Farke’s side insist he is not for sale and will therefore require a significantly higher sum to test their position.
Amadou Haidara, RB Leipzig (24)

A few years older than Koné and Tchouaméni but still young enough to tempt Liverpool, Haidara is above all a product of the Red Bull system.
Liverpool have a number of deals with the Red Bull network and Haidara, spotted at JMG Bamako in his native Mali in 2016, could potentially be their next target. In fact, he was actually signed by Leipzig in a £17.1million bid to replace Naby Keïta following his move to Anfield.
He is primarily a number eight and although he has the required experience to play as a number six, playing a more advanced role allows him to properly utilize his ball carrying skills. He finished third in the Bundesliga last season for successful dribbling percentage.
Haidara, who often plays alongside Yves Bissouma in a solid Mali midfield, says he has modeled his game on Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard.
“He was a model player who had everything and fought hard on the pitch,” he told Bundesliga.com. “I’m a combat player who works hard in defense and I try to do my best up front. I have a good shot as well.”

Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell says he has “an irrepressible will to win”, another of Gerrard’s qualities, as well as “good technique and a good understanding of the game”. According to a report by Sky Germany last month, it will be available this summer for a very reasonable £ 21.1m, having started 44% of Bundesliga matches in Leipzig last season.

Ismael Bennacer, Milan (24)

There are already reports that Liverpool are looking at former Arsenal Academy star Bennacer, who joined Empoli in 2017 and moved to AC Milan two years later for £ 15.5m.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Paisley Gates), both Liverpool and Manchester City are big fans of Bennacer and could make a move.
Significantly, the Algerian is in the last two years of a contract that includes a £ 42.2 million safeguard clause, although Milan are doing their best to avoid a departure this summer.

Bennacer is among the top three in Serie A for passes to the last third, progressive passes and interceptions, underlining the value of him both in possession and off the ball.
He was named Player of the Tournament after helping his country win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and was called a “complete midfielder” by coach Stefano Pioli (via Semper Milan). Of the three options, it may be the safest bet, but also the most expensive.


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