Liverpool could try to sign Franck Kessie, according to reports. That leaves one Reds duo with four months to convince them otherwise.
Franck Kessie could be available to sign in the new year and Liverpool have eyes on the situation. That’s according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, anyway, while Tuttosport backs them up on his contract situation.
That situation is relatively clear-cut – Kessie won’t renew with AC Milan. Or at least, not unless they offer him something extravagant. As things stand, the midfielder has rejected a £5.5m per year offer.
Anyone wanting to add him to their squad will have to top that, then. We should find out in January as clubs can officially offer him a pre-contract ahead of the summer.
So with that in mind, a certain pair in Liverpool’s squad have four months to convince the Reds to ignore Kessie.
Will Liverpool sign Franck Kessie?
Liverpool have plenty of midfielders at the club but not really many defensive specialists. Certainly not in the style of Kessie.
There’s Fabinho, of course, but he’s a holding midfielder, rather than an aggressive centre-mid or a box-to-box player. Liverpool typically line up with one either side of the Brazilian, though.
Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum played there as the Reds won everything over the last few years. Wijnaldum has gone, however.
That means Liverpool can’t line up with that plan. Instead, they’ve got more attack-minded options in the squad – but will they come to regret that?
Really, there are two senior midfielders looking to fill the Wijnaldum void – Thiago and Naby Keita. Both are more well-rounded than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and far more experienced than Curtis Jones or Harvey Elliott.
It’s on them to prove to Liverpool that they don’t need to replace Wijnaldum in the middle. They’ve got to show everyone that their own respective, ball-first styles can offer something just as good.
If they do that, there’s really no need to sign Kessie. He wouldn’t be a first-XI player and there’s enough depth already. But if Liverpool don’t look right with Thiago and Keita as first-choice players, the Reds will surely look to change things.
You can bet they’ll reassess the situation in January. That gives the current crop four months to show they’re the immediate future.