Ex-Reds midfielder Jason McAteer has urged urged Liverpool to sign N’Golo Kante from Chelsea. The former Republic of Ireland international told the Racing Post that he believes the midfielder is “one of the final pieces in Jürgen Klopp’s jigsaw.”
McAteer played for Liverpool between 1995 and 1999. The former centre midfielder made 100 league appearances for the Reds before being sold to Blackburn Rovers just before the millennium.
N’Golo Kante signed for Chelsea in 2016. The Frenchman cost the Blues £30m after he played a key role in Leicester City’s unfathomable title win in 2015/16. Kante won the PFA Player of the Year title in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
What RTK has to say:
One of N’Golo Kante’s greatest strengths is his adaptability. The Frenchman arrived at Leicester City from Caen in 2015 and immediately drove the Foxes to a remarkable title win. In his first season at Chelsea he was the division’s player of the year. He has played one role under Claudio Ranieri, another under Antonio Conte and then another under Maurizio Sarri.
When Kante arrived at Chelsea he was employed as a diminutive yard dog, a chihuahua if you will. After winning the title with Antonio Conte, his role was shifted under Maurizio Sarri in order to accommodate Jorginho. Kante became a box to box player, he started popping up with goals. He has continued this role under Frank Lampard.
Jürgen Klopp values versatility, during his reign we have seen James Milner play everywhere, Gini Wijnaldum played centre back against Brighton. The chances of Liverpool signing Kante are next to zero but he would be a vital addition that would add another dimension to the Reds midfield.