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Liverpool ready bid for Brighton’s Bissouma

According to reports, Premier League title contenders Liverpool are eyeing a January move for Brighton’s Mali-born midfielder Yves Bissouma who is also understood to be attracting interest from other clubs in the English top flight.

As well as reportedly being a long-term admirer of the 25-year-old, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp may have another reason to want to sign the player in January after the club failed to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined PSG on a free transfer in the summer.

Meanwhile, teenager, Harvey Elliot is recovering from a broken leg, sustained against Leeds United, which means Liverpool are looking light in the centre of the pitch.

Liverpool ready bid for Brighton’s Bissouma

How would Bissouma fit in at Liverpool?

What would be interesting is understanding how Klopp would utilise the player who appears to be an all-action type and perhaps an upgrade on Naby Keita, who at times looks a little lightweight for the Premier League.

A vital player for Brighton and a key cog in their machine, Bissouma’s energy and box-to-box style is fundamental to the way they play and this dynamism could be something that Klopp finds useful.

The German is a big fan of high energy players, especially in midfield and Bissouma, along with his tough tackling approach could well be ideal for Liverpool’s style of play; particularly tricky Champions League fixtures – a competition that Bissouma would be eligible for if the Reds progress from their group.

Understood to be valued at £30 million, it is likely that Brighton will play hardball with their star player, having held firm over Ben White in the summer, who moved to Arsenal for £50 million and may demand closer to £40 million for him.

Although Bissouma would not be the crowd-pleasing name that fans may want, the would certainly add something and could well be viewed as a long term successor for the evergreen James Milner who is still relied upon by Klopp, despite being 35.

Competition for the player’s signature could well come from Tottenham, with the player perhaps identified as an astute signing by new manager Nuno Espirito Santo and could well challenge the Reds for the Premier League title, after a strong start to the season.