Caislin Boyle takes a look at the reports linking Liverpool with Guinean dynamo Amadou Diawara, who has been top class for Napoli.
Jürgen Klopp wants to continue the African revolution at Liverpool by signing Guinean midfielder Amadou Diawara to pair with the incoming Naby Keïta. Calciomercato reports that Liverpool will make their move this summer, and are confident of securing the services of the current second choice Napoli midfielder.
There are tangible reasons for this confidence. Firstly, one could fairly assume Diawara’s desire to play alongside Keïta for club and country. Secondly, this Napoli side looks set to be broken up following a season of falling agonisingly short of toppling Juventus. Diawara or Jorginho (or both) could leave this summer, and while Liverpool fans would welcome both, we are more likely to sign one of the two.
The need is undeniable, particularly with Emre Can looking set to leave an already depleted part of the squad. Diawara fits the Klopp profile; young (20-years-old), incredibly fit, strong and is mooted at the cost of £40 million (reasonable by the current ridiculous standards).
He is the quintessential defensive midfielder, something most Reds would agree we are sorely lacking. Should he sign, it is unclear whether Klopp would adjust his trusted formation to play four across the middle or whether he would form part of a three-man midfield (containing Keïta and one other).
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That said, what is clear is that his primary job would be to offer the defence much-needed protection. This would allow our explosive front three to break with even more freedom and is a mouth-watering prospect.
The only lingering concern would be that Diawara has only made 46 appearances (in all comps) across two seasons – and just 86 senior appearances in his entire career. This is indicative of his current standing at Napoli behind Jorginho and does allude to a possible integration period.
Ultimately, however, Klopp would give any 20-year-old time to adjust to their maiden season in the Premier League. We need to look at what we could be getting over a number of years.
With all those factors taken into account, this is a potential signing that Liverpool fans can be very excited about. And with Diawara not being at the World Cup, this is one signing that could be done early doors if Klopp and co. so wish. Let’s wait and see.