Liverpool set to make bid for ‘incredible’ midfielder
Liverpool are set to launch a bid for AC Milan star Ismael Bennacer in the coming days, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato (via Liverpool Echo)
The truths: Thiago’s injury
The Reds endured a difficult start to the Premier League season on Saturday as they drew 2-2 with newly-promoted Fulham having to come from behind twice.
To make matters worse, Thiago Alcantara limped off the pitch just six minutes into the second half after what appeared to be an innocuous incident.
This adds to Liverpool’s long injury list, which includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and Ibrahima Konate.
The latest: Interest in Bennacer
According to a report from Calciomercato (via Liverpool Echo), the Reds will launch a €40m (£33.75m) bid for Bennacer in the coming days after Thiago suffered his hamstring injury against Fulham .
It is reported that the 24-year-old Algeria international has a £42.2m release clause in his contract at Milan.
This contradicts widespread news that claims Jurgen Klopp is holding out until the summer of 2023 to bolster his midfield options.
The verdict: ideal target
Bennacer’s underlying stats illustrate why Klopp might be interested in bringing the player to Anfield this summer.
According to FBRef, compared to his positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the 24-year-old ranks in the 99th percentile for completed dribbles, 94th percentile for steals and 93rd percentile for steals. tackles.
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Former Milan star Giuseppe Bergomi has praised the midfielder in the past, having proclaimed: “Bennacer dominates in midfield due to his personality and technical qualities. He finds his teammates in perfect positions.
Consequently, with Klopp’s side running out of options in midfield, Bennacer – who has been dubbed a ‘absolutely amazing’ journalist player Sam Tighe – could be the man to solve Liverpool’s problems in the middle of the park if he can be lured to Anfield.