The Reds might have signed seven new players already this summer, but that’s not stopped the tabloids from linking us with yet more talent – including Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
If there was a position that Brendan Rodgers might still look to improve this summer, it’s his midfield, where we remain a little short.
Jordan Henderson and James Milner will take two of the three positions on offer, but there’s not much cover should one of them get injured, with Emre Can, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva already competing for the more defensive role in our probable 4-3-3 formation.
The addition of a powerful midfield playmaker, such as Sissoko, could be exactly what Rodgers needs to complete his squad – at least, if reports in the Daily Star are to be believed.
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They state that Tottenham, who were believed to be frontrunners in the race to land the French international, have not yet made a bid for their latest target and that has subsequently opened the door for Liverpool.
Chelsea are also interested, according to the report, and the player has already admitted that he’s keen on playing Champions League football in the near future.
In quotes taken by the Star, he said: “I want to play in the Champions League, which we don’t have at Newcastle.”
However, he’s also told reporters that he would be prepared to stay at Newcastle for another season. He wants to ensure that he’s playing regularly, with twelve months to go until Euro 2016, and he might not have that opportunity at White Hart Lane, Anfield or Stamford Bridge.
He added: “Didier Deschamps says he will only select players who are regulars for their club. With a year until the Euros, I shouldn’t change club and risk ended up on the bench. But at the same time I want to play for one of the biggest clubs.”
According to the Star, the Magpies want at least £16m for their main man, and that may prove too much for any of the supposedly interested parties.