LFC Transfer Gossip & Player Updates
| Dwight McNeil | Evan Ndicka | Boubakary Soumare | Ben White | Kai Havertz | Philippe Coutinho |
Dwight McNeil (Burnley)
Andrew Robertson is undoubtedly one of the best left full-backs on the planet. The issue is that his current deputy, James Milner, is a 34 year-old, right-footed central-midfielder.
Now, whilst Milner shows no sign of slowing down, for a team in Liverpool’s position, thoughts must now turn to reinforce this area of the squad for the long term.
One name who has been suggested and would fit Liverpool’s transfer profile is Burnley’s Dwight McNeil. McNeil has been used as a left-sided midfielder in Burnley’s classic 4-4-2 formation; his defensive output is just as important as his offensive work.
The ex-Manchester United youth prospect has been directly involved in 1 in 5 of Burnley’s Premier League goals this season and his defensive numbers stack up too; his 3.22 successful defensive actions per 90 is only slightly less than Robertson’s 4.26.
With many clubs facing an uncertain financial future due to recent events surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, Burnley could be tempted to cash in on a player who has only recently signed a deal committing him to the claret and blue until 2023.
Evan Ndicka (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Eintracht Frankfurt appear to have found themselves a rare talent; a 6’4″ left-footed centre-back who is equally adept with the ball at his feet or in a physical confrontation.
A Parisian of Cameroonian heritage, Evan Ndicka is as comfortable playing at left-back as he is at centre-back. He was recently voted the Bundesliga’s young player of the month for February and has already represented Les Bleus at junior international level.
It is understood Arsenal and Liverpool were both actively following the player’s progress, however, it is unclear as to whether Liverpool view Ndicka as cover to Robertson at left-back, or whether he could be a long-term replacement for Dejan Lovren who could be moved on this summer.
Boubakary Soumare (Lille OSC)
A 21 year-old box-to-box midfielder who has drawn similarities to Paul Pogba (mainly due to his 6’2″ frame), Soumare has attracted attention from a host of major clubs in the recent past.
Manchester United were understood to be sniffing around Soumare in January whilst Newcastle United have already had one offer rejected for the player but appear to be renewing their efforts:
“I can tell you that Newcastle United have again made an offer for Soumare for the summer window, whenever that will open”Duncan Castles – The Times & The Sunday Times
Soumare was a product of the PSG youth system who found opportunities limited at Le Parc des Princes and so moved to Lille in search of first-team football. Since moving, the Frenchman has gone from strength to strength and it is rumoured that he will be allowed to move on for a fee of around £35 million.
Lille have recently become a club who rely heavily on their transfer dealings; it will be interesting to see if Liverpool will be willing to get involved with a player who will likely be the subject of much transfer activity this summer.
Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion)
A former Southampton academy prospect who was released by the Saints to the benefit of the Seagulls, Ben White is currently on loan at Championship toppers Leeds United.
His performances at centre-back have drawn the watchful eyes of many Premier League clubs, Liverpool, in particular, are said to be keen on bringing the man from Poole in Dorset to Liverpool, Merseyside.
Recently 22, the 6 feet 1 inch centre-back has drawn comparisons to John Stones and Rio Ferdinand with his undoubted technical ability. He would also offer some squad flexibility as he can play as either a defensive midfielder or a right full-back.
After recently winning the Sky Sports Championship Best Young Player award, the Englishman will no doubt have many potential suitors if the seagulls are looking to sell.
Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
After writing about Havertz potentially linking up with the Reds in February, the rumours have continued to persist with Havertz seemingly destined to leave the BayArena this summer.
It would appear that his first-choice would be to join the German powerhouse, Bayern Munich. However, Munich are understood to have prioritised the signings of Leroy Sané and Timo Werner ahead of the playmaker from Leverkusen.
Liverpool FC Australia can’t see this transfer happening for a number of reasons, not least that Liverpool are currently not set up to allow a traditional number 10 to flourish. Havertz would also surely a command a fee north of 50 million pounds; Liverpool are likely to look for value elsewhere.
Philippe Coutinho (FC Barcelona)
A hot topic of debate for many Liverpudlians worldwide: would you have him back or not?
Coutinho wants to come back to England, that much is simple. The question of where he would/could go is more complicated. There are obviously only a handful of clubs that could support his transfer purely in terms of the numbers involved.
“Pre all the situation we are in, and after the Champions League games when he played in England, we had a long chat about it and of course the Premier League is something he has always enjoyed playing in and loved playing in and he would love to come back and play in.”Kia Joorabchian (Phil Coutinho’s agent) on Coutinho’s transfer plans.
All of those clubs are direct rivals of Liverpool and Klopp is known to be an admirer of Coutinho’s to this day.
It’s an unlikely transfer but it could also be a brilliant one; Coutinho was world-class in 2017-18 at Anfield under Klopp. The German coach has insisted from day one that he only wants people at Liverpool who want to be there. If the Brazilian magician did decide he wanted to return, what would Klopp do then?