With Gini Wijnaldum leaving Liverpool this summer, Youri Tielemans has been tipped to join the Reds as his replacement.
The Leicester City man is one of the most promising central midfielders around.
He is already an excellent player and at 24-years-old, he is only going to get better.
In fact, Leicester Mercury report that it would take a bid of around £70m for the Foxes to consider selling him. This just proves how highly rated he is.
However, despite his obvious talent, we do not believe that Liverpool should sign Tielemans this summer.
The reason being his lack of natural physical ability, which he demonstrated in Belgium’s Euro 2020 quarter-final exit to Italy last week.
Tielemans not a typical Liverpool midfielder
The incident in question is Lorenzo Insigne’s goal.
The Napoli star scored from outside the box to send the Italians into a 2-0 lead. While Romelu Lukaku scored a penalty minutes later, Belgium failed to progress to the next round.
Now, Tielemans was not the main man at fault for Insigne’s goal. But there is no denying that his failed tackle put his side under severe pressure.
Insigne picked up the ball inside his own half and drove at the Red Devils’ defence. There was an awful lot of space in the midfield and he had a free run at the backline.
Tielemans came across to put pressure on, but the little Italian skipped past him with ease. The defenders should have come out and not given him room to shoot, but they failed to do so and Insigne picked his spot and finished beautifully.
We cannot fault Tielemans’ desire to try and make the tackle. However, he was a little slow in getting to Insigne, so had to commit to a tackle that he was not going to win.
He should have instead just stood him up and not let him past him.
By diving in and missing the challenge, he put his team under severe pressure.
It isn’t something that you see from a Wijnaldum or a Jordan Henderson, who are simply better athletes and defenders than Tielemans.
He is an excellent technical player. That much is not in question.
However, we doubt that he is able to cover the ground required in a Jurgen Klopp team.
After all, Wilfried Ndidi does do the defensive work of three men at Leicester.
Stylistically, Tielemans just isn’t right for Liverpool in our opinion.