Liverpool want €31 million midfielder and Burnley man in January

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Geoffrey Kondogbia of Internazionale in action during the Seria A match between FC Internazionale and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy.
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According to reports, Liverpool’s main target for the January transfer window is Geoffrey Kondogbia. 

In a perpetuation of recent rumours, it would seem as though whispers claiming that Geoffrey Kondogbia is on Jurgen Klopp’s radar could hold some truth.

According to TuttoMercatoWeb, as reported by the Daily Star, Klopp has informed the Liverpool hierarchy of his desire to try and sign Kondogbia when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The French midfielder moved to Inter Milan from AS Monaco in June of 2015 for a €31 million transfer fee, roughly £27 million. Since his switch to Serie A, Kondogbia has struggled to live up to the expectations that he brought with him from France.

Kondogbia’s agent hinted earlier this month that a move abroad could be on the cards.

“Kondogbia is certainly a top level player, Jonathan Maarek told TuttoMercatoWeb.

“He has a lot of quality and is very young, so obviously he has a lot of clubs interested in him. Can I name them? I will just say that he is not lacking interested clubs.”

I had said in previous articles that I didn’t believe that there was room for a player like Kondogbia in Liverpool’s team of hyper-agile athletes. After some consideration, I can’t see why Klopp wouldn’t be able to coach the Frenchman into playing in a way that would compliment his style of play.

While I may have reconsidered my position on Kondogbia, I don’t see why any links with Burnley’s Michael Keane would exist unless there is factual basis to them.

According to Sky Sports, Kop Talk has linked the Burnley man with January transfer to Merseyside. The logic behind the move is that Klopp may want to reinforce his defence come Jan if his side is still in the Premier League title race.

With that in mind, I’m not sure if Liverpool should be identifying players from the lower rungs of the Premier League ladder as alternatives. That being said, the English centre-back is strong in the air and has won 15 aerial duels in his seven league games this season.

Liverpool has plenty of depth in central defence with Ragnar Klavan, Lucas Leiva, Joe Gomez and the out-of-favour Mamadou Sakho all waiting for their chance.

A move for Keane makes little sense with so many players already in reserve.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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