As per German outlet Sport Bild (h/t Liverpool Echo), Liverpool are amongst ‘interested parties’ that are considering making a move for TSG Hoffenheim star, David Raum.
The German left-back joined Die Kraichgauer from Greuther Furth last season and has been a revelation this term for the Bundesliga side. He currently has 3 goals and 13 assists from 30 league games this campaign, playing for the team that sold us Roberto Firmino back in 2015.
Those are numbers that can certainly make one stand up and take notice. Raum can play as a left-wing back and is not a shabby option to have going forward for any team with those numbers. In fact, he has largely played in a more advanced role than that of left-back for a good part of this career.
But then again, one could question the reasoning behind LFC making a potential move. The club already has a world-class left-back in Andrew Robertson and an equally impressive backup in Kostas Tsimikas.
The ‘Greek Scouser’, as our fans love to call him, is already struggling for starts despite showing impressive performances whenever called upon. Adding a third name to this list makes no real sense.
Do LFC need Raum?
Robertson, who played as a left-back for Hull City before his move to Anfield, is also a smart defender off the ball. The balance that he provides in defence, as well as attack, has helped Jurgen Klopp solidify the left flank as an area that looks like it needs no immediate strengthening.
Rather, the Reds would be wise to look for a player that can deputise for Trent Alexander-Arnold in the same way that Tsimikas does for Robertson. Currently, the Reds don’t have a lot of options down that flank.
Neco Williams has been loaned out this season while Joe Gomez has seen some of his best days in a Liverpool shirt at centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk. We can always use the Englishman in that position when we want to give rest to the big Dutchman or Joel Matip.
It is claimed that four other PL teams apart from Liverpool are keen on the German left-back. If that is the case, the Reds are better off not involving themselves in a potential transfer battle for a player who, quite frankly, doesn’t have a space cut out for him at Liverpool.
Madrid cool off interest in Monaco star due to price tag
According to Spanish news outlet AS (h/t Daily Mail), Real Madrid have been ‘put off’ after learning of Monaco’s demand for Liverpool target Aurelien Tchouameni.
Tchouameni has consistently impressed for Monaco in recent seasons. Still only 22, the Frenchman has attracted interest from several suitors. After also representing France’s senior national team, the holding midfielder has attracted tremendous interest from some top-tier European teams.
Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been interested in signing Tchouameni. However, now it is believed that after learning Monaco’s price tag of £60m, Carlo Ancelotti’s team has cooled off their interest in the player.
It seems the Frenchman has notified Real Madrid they are his first preference. As a result, Los Blancos haven’t fully ended their transfer pursuit. They are hoping that the French midfielder would be capable of pressuring his parent team to lower the price to £40m or £50m.
Where does Liverpool stand in the Tchouameni race?
Liverpool are stated as an admirer of the Frenchman. Whether the price would be suitable for the Reds is still unknown. But it is believed that Jurgen Klopp is a massive fan of the 22-year-old, who currently seems to be validating the hype with his performances.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Thiago Alcântara have gone past the 30-year mark, subsequently attracting more risk to their fitness. At the same time, while Hendo and Thiago have been very good this season, it remains to be seen how long they can keep playing for the Reds week in, week out.
Fabinho Tavares has long been an irreplaceable member of this team as a holding midfielder. However, Liverpool fans would probably agree that he has struggled at times in recent weeks. He did redeem himself in yesterday’s game with a crucial goal against Villarreal after a poor first half, but Tchouameni competing for that spot with him can benefit the club.
Tchouameni has shown great potential and could become a world-class player in the coming years. His arrival would certainly assist Jurgen Klopp in distributing the workload more effectively. After qualifying for the UCL final and the FA Cup final this month, LFC will now play every single game they could have possibly played this season.
And for that reason, it is always smart to keep your team stacked with quality. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been handed little to no minutes this year, while Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones are currently not trusted as regular starters.
This creates a place for Tchouameni to come in and capitalise on. The Frenchman may have to battle a number of players to start- if he joins the Reds- but could well be the torchbearer of our midfield in the years to come.
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