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Monaco youngster Aurelien Tchouameni could well be on his way to Liverpool this summer.
According to multiple media reports, the Reds are monitoring the 22-year-old closely. His contract with Monaco expires in 2024, but the English outfit could make a big-money move soon.
He’s been starring for Monaco in Ligue 1 this season. With 47 appearances in all competitions, he’s been one of the club’s most important players.
As reported by WhoScored, he has made more tackles and interceptions (170) than anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues.
Tchouameni is also a fully-fledged France international. He scored his first goal for his country in last month’s friendly victory over Ivory Coast.
💪 Aurelien Tchouameni has made more tackles and interceptions combined (170) than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues this season pic.twitter.com/Tw4TPFDjZ0
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 26, 2022
Where would Tchouameni fit in at Liverpool?
If one thing is apparent from Liverpool’s current campaign, it is that they are fighting on all fronts. As of this moment, they are in pursuit of an historic quadruple.
Jurgen Klopp will know more than anyone that a large, talented squad is necessary to achieve success. The manager has already proven this through his phenomenal attacking options.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino were the original front three. But Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are now also in the picture.
And the German has also shored things up at the back. Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez can all play centrally. Full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are also well covered.
It leaves midfield as the only area that needs strengthening. Tchouameni has largely operated in defensive midfield for Monaco. But he has also had the odd run out in central midfield.
Would Klopp switch things up?
Defensive midfield rock Fabinho is undoubtedly one of the first names on the team sheet. His midfield partner Thiago meanwhile has proven in recent matches that he also cannot be left out.
There is, then, one position remaining in Klopp’s favoured midfield three. Captain Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita have largely competed for that spot.
Youngsters Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott are also eyeing more game time there. And veteran midfielder James Milner has also been handed a starting role on occasion.
But, as mentioned, a large squad is a must. Reinforcements are necessary for issues like fatigue and injuries. Both are real worries when competing in four different competitions.
Tchouameni could, therefore, quite simply be an extra body in Klopp’s midfield. He could be a strong back up for Fabinho whenever the Brazilian needs a rest.
Or, the French international could be transformed into a central midfielder. He could be the missing piece in Klopp’s midfield three.
One outside option could be a slight tweak in formation. Klopp has experimented with 4-2-4 before. That was to accommodate Jota and Firmino playing alongside one another. Could the boss opt for such a formation again to include a midfield duo of Fabinho and Tchouameni?
Manchester City have shown that competition for places yields great results. The Manchester outfit have one of the most competitive squads in world football. Every position is more than covered.
The Reds will want to create a similar atmosphere at Anfield. Moreover, a handful of players will undoubtedly exit this summer. That will more than likely include at least one midfielder. Reinforcements will, therefore, be crucial.