be hurt until after the international break in September.
In the early weeks when the transfer season opened, Kone had been heavily linked with a move to Anfield. Even as recently as the beginning of July, there were rumors that Liverpool was preparing a move for him.
However, in the weeks since the whispers have died down. Part of the reason for that may be an injury the 22-year-old picked up while on duty with France at the U21 Euros in June. According to Kicker, the injury may now be worse than first feared
They assert that there was initially optimism that Kone would make a full recovery from his knee problem by mid-August. That now seems doubtful, though.
Instead, it may not happen until the first week of September when the Borussia Monchengladbach player returns.
Obviously, this would occur after the current transfer window has closed. Any aspirations Gladbach had of making money off Kone may be dashed by this.
However, it is rumored that the Bundesliga team won’t send the player back right away. They allegedly still hold out hope that Kone may surprise them by returning sooner than expected because he has previously bounced back rapidly.
Injury to Kone casts move in doubt
Liverpool can’t really afford to risk using injured players right now since their midfield options are rapidly dwindling.
That may seem naive, and it very well may be, but the Reds need to sign players who can contribute right away.
They have already brought back to base two injured midfielders in Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic. There are only four senior alternatives left for them, not including any potential newcomers.
It goes without saying that you sign a player for years, not just for the first integration phase. And there are indications that Kone might be a great addition.
He has the potential to develop into a top player, as former Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer described him as “phenomenal.”
Sadly, Liverpool has maneuvered themselves into a situation where that is no longer acceptable. They must acquire players for both the present and the future.
So, regardless of how talented Kone
is, this injury should have eliminated him from Liverpool’s plans for this summer. He might be someone they return to in the future if he stays put. They should proceed with a certain amount of caution, though, as they have had their fair share of injury-prone midfielders.