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Liverpool fans urge club to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde

Two of Liverpool’s reported central defensive targets were in Champions League action this week with Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig and Jules Kounde of Sevilla both touted to be of interest to the Premier League champions – and Reds supporters have reacted to their performances on Twitter.

Upamecano, 21, was powerless to prevent Leipzig drowning in a flood of goals as the Bundesliga leaders were put to the sword by Manchester United in a 5-0 defeat.

However, while Upamecano fell under severe media scrutiny which included a gruelling analysis from BT Sports pundit Rio Ferdinand, another potential Virgil van Dijk replacement was enhancing his credentials following another hard-fought clean sheet in Europe.

SEVILLE, SPAIN – OCTOBER 28: Jules Kounde of Sevilla in action during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between FC Sevilla and Stade Rennais at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on October 28, 2020 in Seville, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

According to 90Min, Sevilla centre back Kounde is one of a selected few who has made the five-man shortlist of potential January transfer targets.

One glaringly obvious barrier in a deal potentially materialising for the 21-year-old talent is his eye-watering £70 million price-tag, which makes him a much more expensive option than other reported targets such as Mykola Matviyenko, Pau Torres or even Upamecano himself.

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Despite the gargantuan fee, Kounde, who is partnered by previously linked Liverpool target Diego Carlos, has been a pivotal figure in Julien Lopetegui’s well-drilled team that recently were crowned Europa League champions.

 

Key determining factors that usually have to be met before a deal can be struck by Liverpool typically are dictated by variables such as plausibility and price.

Kounde is a supremely gifted young defender blessed with superb positional sense and is exceptionally dominant in the air, which more than makes him a viable candidate. His technique in his long-range passes also have drawn similarities to Van Dijk himself, which is another ball in the Frenchman’s court.

SEVILLE, SPAIN – OCTOBER 28: Jules Kounde of Sevilla FC in action during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Sevilla FC and Stade Rennais at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on October 28, 2020 in Seville, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

He was absolutely faultless again in Sevilla’s 1-0 victory against Rennes on Wednesday night as the Spanish outfit made it back-to-back clean sheets in Europe to move joint-top of Group E with Chelsea.

According to Opta powered site WhoScored, he finished the match with one tackle, one interception, one clearance as well as winning six of his aerial duels.

Upamecano may be the top-priority central defensive target for a large section of Liverpool supporters, however, Kounde is showcasing he is an option that shouldn’t be dismissed too easily.

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