Liverpool FC plan future acquisition of midfield duo
October 9, 2011 · 3 Comments
It appears Liverpool could be prepared to make a double midfield swoop for Moussa Sissoko and Shinji Kagawa. Despite bringing in three big named midfield recruits this summer, Liverpool have suffered an inconsistent start to the season and are believed to be looking to boost their squad further.
Sissoko, currently with French club Toulouse, has been compared to former French international Patrick Vieira due to their similar playing styles. Liverpool have missed a strong tackling midfielder since the departures of both Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, whilst star man Steven Gerrard has suffered a series of injuries in recent times and Brazailian Lucas, the only real specialist in that area. The French midfielder has made 3 appearances for his national team, but has been a long serving player for Toulouse and has been a regular since joining them as youth player in 2003, making over 150 appearances.
Kagawa is a Japanese international, who has looked impressive since joining Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2010.He has formed a strong attacking midfielder partnership with German starlet Mario Gotze. The Kop do not lack in creative midfielders, with the likes of Stewart Downing, Luis Suarez and Charlie Adam on their books. However they believe that a Kagawa-Sissoko central midfield would provide them with the midfield balance they have been looking for.
Both players are only 22-years-old so either are seen as an ideal replacement for Steven Gerrard, however Liverpool are tracking the pair but Borussia Dortmund are thought to value Kagawa at around £15-20million, which could attract Liverpool with their new owners seemingly keen to bring in new faces in order to challenge for the title.
Sissoko was linked with a move to Anfield this summer, however their attention was attracted elsewhere and a move did not progress. Meanwhile Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made it no secret of his admiration of Kagawa, revealing that he thought the player was a “very mobile, creative and clever player.”
By Adam Lione