Reports that Liverpool want Yves Bissouma continue to grow

There are now several reports claiming Liverpool want Yves Bissouma. The midfielder could join the Reds this summer.

We first heard reports that Liverpool like Yves Bissouma back in early December. They came from TalkSport, who believed the Reds would battle Arsenal for his signature.

Then we had ESPN claiming similar. They mentioned a £30m price-tag, too.

Goal got in on the act last month, saying Bissouma was one of a few midfield targets for Liverpool this summer.

Last week, the Athletic named Liverpool as interested but they believe his price would be over £40m. And just when you think there aren’t enough decent sources on this one, the Telegraph links the two.

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Yves Bissouma to Liverpool?

It feels safe to say that there might be something in this one. There are a lot of trustworthy sources here and Liverpool, surely, have their eye on Bissouma.

And why wouldn’t they? Bissouma is having a fantastic season with Brighton. As we talked about recently, he’s capable of true all-action displays.

That’s something that will appeal to Liverpool. They like midfielders who can offer a bit of everything – players who can adapt their game to the situation.

Bissouma is just as comfortable shielding a defence as he is driving forward with the ball, so he’d fit in nicely. Jurgen Klopp could use him against top teams in a counter-attacking style, while he could also see Bissouma break up opposition counter-attacks when Liverpool dominate possession.

And there are two things that really push Bissouma over into ‘top target’ territory. Firstly, he’s still only 24. He’ll turn 25 not too far into next season but the Malian undoubtedly has room to develop.

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Liverpool have done a wonderful job at kicking players on a few levels over recent years. We imagine they could do the same with Bissouma.

The other great thing here is that Bissouma has already proven to be very comfortable in the Premier League. We’ve seen a few players struggle to adapt to life in England and it’s telling that most of Liverpool’s key players were already playing here.

Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane are all key players who arrived from Premier League clubs. Mohamed Salah already had experience in the league, too.

It makes any move a little safer – particularly important for a £40m+ move.

There are many reasons to believe there’s truth in this one, then. Lots of good sources, plenty of reasons he makes sense, and Liverpool will need a midfielder when Gini Wijnaldum leaves.

We’ll wait until Bissouma wears Red to truly get excited but we like the sound of this one.

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