The January transfer window is in full swing, with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, now the manager of Aston Villa, making big moves for his former teammate Phillipe Coutinho and Everton’s Lucas Digne. The Reds though, appear to be having a quiet window, but they are still consistently linked with a host of players from around the globe.
One such player is Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni. The France international has been impressing in Ligue 1 and is apparently being watched by a host of top clubs.
Liverpool are no strangers to taking Monaco midfielders either, having signed Fabinho from the Monégasques in 2018.
On the latest episode of our Journo Insight Show, we asked Goal’s Neil Jones on the chances of seeing Tchouameni line up for the Reds in the future.
“I had heard him more linked with United than Liverpool. I suppose they’re not going to be shopping in particularly different markets. I would imagine if United are going down the more ‘sensible building’ route, rather than the ‘Galacticos’ approach that they’ve had in the past, then I’m sure they would be looking at similar players to Liverpool and vice versa. He seems to be what you would describe as a ‘big talent’, and someone who is going to move on to a top club. I think that is the way with a lot of Ligue 1 players once they get to 19, 20, 21 – you are looking at where they are going to go. The note of caution being Camavinga, who was linked all over Europe and ended up going to Real Madrid, he’s yet to fire. Hopefully Mr. Tchouameni will be a little bit more judicious in wherever he chooses to go. I’m sure he won’t be short of options, but I haven’t heard Liverpool as a cast iron interest. Where are the obvious points for Liverpool to strengthen? I think there are two, midfield is certainly one of them.”
Liverpool need to lower the age profile of their midfield, with the likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago all over 30.
Tchouameni seems to have a lot of attributes that Klopp looks for in a midfielder. He is a good passer of the ball, he is hardworking defensively and he is capable of getting up the pitch to support the attacking play.
It is very unlikely the Frenchman will be going anywhere in the January transfer window. With the exception of Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool tend to make a move for long term targets in the summer, giving them time to get used to Klopp’s training methods and learn their role in the side. Tchouameni looks like a potentially good signing for the Reds, but without any concrete interest, his future may lay elsewhere.