According to France Football, via the Liverpool ECHO, Liverpool have made enquiries about Geoffrey Kondogbia’s availability.
Despite very clear squad depth issues being exposed by a number of injuries this season, it would appear as though Jürgen Klopp won’t enter the transfer market purely for the sake of making a signing and appeasing the fans. The German manager wants a permanent solution and if he can’t find it this month, he’ll wait until the summer to sign the perfect player for his system when it’s easier to find talent.
That being said, France Football report that Liverpool have renewed their former interest in Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia and have made ‘a speculative enquiry over the availability of the 23-year-old anchor man.’
When Jordan Henderson was out injured, Kondogbia would have been the ideal replacement for the two weeks he was missing. His strength on the ball, ball-carrying abilities and his good passing would have made him a natural alternative to Emre Can in the holding midfield role.
What would signing Kondogbia mean for Liverpool’s other midfielders?
When Jürgen Klopp has his entire team fit and firing, it’s clear that his best midfield trio in his favoured 4-3-3 formation is Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum purely because of the balance and fluidity it offers.
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Without targeting Emre Can, the young German has had a very poor season so far and it seems to have stemmed from his poor showings at the Euros with Germany. This season, it has appeared that Liverpool have looked weakest in the engine room when Can is on the pitch.
He is far more suited to a box-to-box role and in recent weeks he has had to fill in for Henderson while the skipper has been out injured.
Should Liverpool sign Kondogbia this month, or in the summer, then I would think that would free Can up to continue solely as a marauding midfielder and if Henderson picks up an injury, then Kondogbia would cover for him.
He would have to accept a squad role at first but as Wijnaldum has shown, even Klopp’s favourites can be benched if you perform to the standard required.
The report from France Football says that Kondogbia isn’t high up Liverpool’s list of names for transfer and that if either Klopp or Antonio Conte misses out on their preferred targets, then they’ll turn to Kondogbia. However, that would only be true if Klopp saw the Frenchman as anything more than a stop-gap solution.