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Liverpool have the perfect transfer for Jurgen Klopp's rebuild

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Although the transfer window is yet to officially open, it has already been a busy start to the summer transfer window at Anfield after agreeing to sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.

Following the imminent departure of midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, the club have been linked with Belgian international and Leicester City star Youri Tielemans. The 24-year-old Belgian endured an excellent 2020/21 campaign, scoring nine goals and registering six assists in 51 appearances across all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ side including a stunning FA Cup winner against Chelsea.



However, after the Foxes failed to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, the former Anderlecht and Monaco midfielder could look to leave the club this summer and play for a team who can offer Champions League football.



According to Leicestershire Live, Klopp would have to offer a fee within the region of £70million to sign the midfielder. But is the Belgian the right type of midfielder Liverpool are looking for who can really elevate them to the next level?



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Tielemans has primarily been utilised as a deep lying playmaker under the management of Brendan Rodgers either in a 4-2-3-1 and more towards the ends of the season within a 3-4-1-2 system but when needed, he has proved to be a creative central/attacking midfielder as well in the absence of the likes of James Maddison when absent.

In 37 PL starts last term, the 38-capped international directly contributed to 10 goals (six goals and four assists) as well as scoring three goals and providing two assists in the Foxes successful FA Cup Campaign. This is an upgrade in comparison to Liverpool’s midfielders in the 2020/21 campaign in terms of goal contributions on all competitions, with Curtis Jones coming out on top amongst the Reds' midfielders with nine direct goal contributions in all competitions (four goals, five assists) followed by sparingly used Xherdan Shaqiri with five direct goal contibtuions (one goal, four assists) and the soon departed Wijnaldum with three direct goal contributions (three goals, no assists).

Furthermore, more regular midfield figures such as Jordan Henderson recorded just two direct goal contributions in all competitions (one goal, one assist), both Thiago (one goal, no assists) and James Milner (no goals, one assist) contributed just one while the injury plagued Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (one goal, one assist) and Naby Keita (no goals or assists) contributed just two between them.

This lack of offensive threat from Liverpool’s midfield is clearly an issue to address for Klopp this summer, and although Tielemans is not someone necessarily primarily associated with being a goalscoring midfielder, he is certainly someone with a real eye for goal, as demonstrated by his stunning FA Cup winner against Chelsea in May.

Additionally, the Belgian is a player who possesses an excellent range of passing, positional awareness and an excellent engine. Tielemans is a highly versatile player capable of performing in either a defensive or attacking midfield role.

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Therefore, Tielemans would likely excel within Liverpool’s midfield three within their 4-3-3 system. He would most likely be seen as a direct replacement for Gini Wijnaldum in lining up as one of the two number eight roles alongside Thiago Alcantara - who grew increasingly influential within a Liverpool side towards the end of last campaign after a difficult start the season - and the other options available.

Due to his versatility, the Belgian could also provide cover for Fabinho. It was evident last season that Liverpool sorely missed the Brazilian’s presence in midfield when he had to be manouvered to centre-back.

In Tielemans, they would have a player who has experience in a more defensive minded role at the highest level in comparison to the likes of Jones, Chamberlain and Milner. This would allow Klopp more tactical flexibility next campaign, perhaps allowing Liverpool to line up in perhaps a more pragmatic 4-2-3-1 approach against the more dangerously offensive sides in comparison to their more conventional 4-3-3 formation if desired.

Signing Tielemans this summer to replace Wijnaldum would undoubtedly be a significant statement. Wijnaldum was an ever-present for Klopp, and Tielemans' consistency and profile seem to match. Furthermore, looking at the comparative goal contributions Klopp’s side would definitely be further enhanced by the midfielder's arrival.

Valued at approximately £70 million and under contract until 2023, prizing the player away will be no easy task. However, if Liverpool can, it would represent a major coup and could prove to be invaluable addition to the manager's transition from one winning Liverpool team to another.

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