Frenchman could be a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard…
Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on AS Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia after he impressed club scouts in both the French and Champions League this season.
It seems the Frenchman is the latest name to be linked with the club as the exit of Steven Gerrard looms ever closer, with the Daily Telegraph claiming the skipper’s move to LA Galaxy could be a potential reason behind our supposed interest.
Kondogbia hit the headlines earlier this year after an impressive display against Arsenal in the Champions League, a performance that went someway to knocking the Gunners out of the competition when he scored the opening goal in the first leg.
He’s taken time to settle in Ligue 1 after a summer move in 2013 where a whole host of names were thought to be chasing him.
But finally the 22-year-old seems to be living up to his billing with his performances seeing him twice selected for France in the recent international break and he picked up an assist against Denmark.
The Frenchman seems like the perfect combination of strength and poise, with an eye for a pass that Liverpool have seemed to miss in games that require a controlled but steely presence in the middle.
At 22, Kondogbia has the best years of his career ahead of him – so it would likely be a pricey deal to convince Monaco to relinquish their grip.
Given this fact, and with Jordan Henderson really the only ever-present in the centre of the Liverpool midfield this season, it’s Joe Allen and Lucas who would have to look over their shoulders just a little more keenly if Kondogbia were to arrive at Anfield.
The only issue in signing a player of Kondogbia’s calibre could be our lack of Champions League football, if we are unable to turn around our hefty seven-point deficit to Manchester City in fourth.