Liverpool have contacted an agent of a Championship footballer in an attempt to complete an £11million deal, according to reports.
Liverpool appear to be interested in signing 22-year-old Jordan Amavi from Aston Villa. Amavi was impressive for Villa in the opening 10 games of the season but he picked up a season ending injury and that did not help Villa, who were eventually relegated.
But Amavi was impressive in his short time in the first eleven and when you statistically compare him to Alberto Moreno, he seems like an improvement. Amavi won 3.23 tackles per 90 minutes compared to Moreno’s 2.43, he also made 3.98 interceptions compared to Moreno’s 2.2. But Amavi is not just effective defensively, in his 10 games he averaged an amazing 2.69 take ons per 90 minutes, Moreno is way behind on 0.56. Moreno managed significantly more key passes though, almost four times as many, but that could be due to the fact that Aston Villa rarely got their full backs into attacking areas like Liverpool did.
Liverpool are also understood to be interested in Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs and German Jonas Hector. Amavi may well be a backup option at this stage, but what is clear is that contact has been made and a deal is a possibility. We included Hector in our article about 3 transfers Liverpool looked like they could complete this summer.
Amavi may not currently be at the level of Hector, or even perhaps Gibbs, but he does probably have a higher ceiling than that duo and he has already showcased his quality in the Premier League. Gibbs and Hector are four years older than Amavi, but with new breaking today that Liverpool have agreed a fee for Hector, it looks as if Jurgen Klopp’s focus may be on signing an established left-back at this stage. They may be the best route forward for Liverpool at this stage, after the club kept faith in the young Moreno, now 23, for the last couple of seasons and it hasn’t worked out very well at all, with the Spaniard’s immaturity often showing on the pitch.
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