Liverpool missed out on a perfect £85m transfer solution to Jurgen Klopp’s biggest problem | Soccer | sport
Liverpool may have squandered the chance to prevent their ongoing midfield crisis before it even took shape by failing to land one of their top reported targets in the summer transfer window. The Reds are currently lacking a number of senior options in the middle of the park, with Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all on the treatment table as things stand.
Their lack of midfield options has contributed to a sluggish start to the season for Jurgen Klopp and his players, who have only managed to win two of their first six Premier League games. Liverpool also tasted defeat in their Champions League opener against Napoli last week, with the Italian giants going wild to score four goals past the hapless Reds and register a famous win in front of their own fans.
Liverpool apparently could have avoided their current situation by pushing hard to sign Aurelien Tchouameni over the summer, with the Frenchman enjoying a hugely productive start to life at Real Madrid. He joined the Spanish champions from Monaco for a transfer fee of around £85m and already looks set to be worth every penny after establishing himself as a key asset at the Bernabeu in the weeks since. .
Tchouameni currently leads the rest of his Real Madrid team-mates when it comes to his defensive output having won more tackles, aerial duels and interceptions than any of his team-mates this season. His presence in Liverpool’s midfield would almost certainly have helped them keep things tight in the engine room, with the Reds having been criticized for being too porous in midfield of late.
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A move for Tchouameni would also have offered an upgrade to Liverpool’s current options in the same position, with Jordan Henderson’s performances failing to ignite the world this season and Fabinho having struggled to consistently impress over the course of the season. of the last few months. Meanwhile, the Frenchman’s arrival at Anfield has reportedly lessened their reliance on James Milner and Harvey Elliott, who have been forced into top roles in recent weeks due to the club’s injury problems.
However, Liverpool ultimately missed the boat when it came to Tchouameni and were eventually forced to loan out Juventus playmaker Arthur Melo on deadline day to provide much-needed extra cover. The Reds tried to land Tchouameni, Klopp reportedly phoned him in an attempt to convince him to sign, but failed to do so due to the player’s unwavering desire to fulfill his dream of playing for Real Madrid.
Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti has previously described Tchouameni as an ‘extraordinary’ midfielder, but knows he is far from finishing the article as he continues to get to grips with his new surroundings after his summer move to Spain.
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“He didn’t surprise me because we know him well, to invest so much money in a player you have to know him and he shows what we expected,” Ancelotti told reporters earlier this month.
“We work more on the defensive side of things because he defends well but he has to get used to the characteristics of his teammates. It’s not the same to play with [Luka] Modric and [Toni] Kroos as he is with [Fede] Valverde and [Eduardo] Camavinga.
“Tchouameni is a great midfielder, very focused on his work. He’s an extraordinary recruit.”
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