Liverpool ‘keeping tabs on Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma as a possible replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum’ should long-time Barcelona target leave Anfield at the end of the season
- Liverpool are thought to be looking at options to replace Georginio Wijnaldum
- Yves Bissouma is said to be high on Jurgen Klopp’s list of potential replacements
- Wijnaldum has not signed a contract extension, with his deal ending next year
Talk of the Dutchman leaving Anfield have been rife since the summer following the arrival of former Bayern Munich midfield dynamo Thiago Alcantara.
While Jurgen Klopp is keen to maintain his 2019-20 title-winning squad, already ravaged by injuries in this compact football season, Liverpool reportedly have Bissouma in their sights if Wijnaldum moves on, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool are reportedly targeting Brighton and Hove Albion’s Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma
Bissouma is a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum if he decides to leave Liverpool
The 24-year-old Mali international joined Brighton from Lille in 2018, and has impressed with his energetic and combative displays in the heart of Albion’s midfield.
He has notched up 16 appearances for his country and scored three goals.
Bissouma would appear a natural replacement for Wijnaldum, who also sets about his work in the midfield engine room to allow more creative players space and opportunities.
In just nine appearances so far this season, Bissouma has already accrued three yellow cards and one red card. emphasising his tough approach.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to maintain his squad as injuries take their toll in this compressed season
Wijnaldum continues to refuse to sign an extension to his contract which runs out this summer
Wijnaldum has refused to sign an extension to his contract, which runs out at the end of the season. He could sign a pre-agreement with another club once he enters the final six months of his current deal.
The Holland international has remained an influential presence in Klopp’s first team so far this campaign, starting every Premier League match but one and completing 90 minutes in all of his starts.
However, with Thiago coming back from injury in the next few weeks and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also due to return in the not too distant future, Wijlnaldum’s place is conceivable the most under threat.
Bissouma is contracted to Brighton until 2023, although Liverpool may face competition for him as Arsenal are also rumoured to be interested in his services.