Liverpool plot shock move for athletic midfield enforcer

By Mark Peters IN General,Premier League,Serie A,Transfers - 19:45 Aug 16th 2017

Having come in for plenty of criticism following their 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday, Liverpool bounced back in style by recording a vital 2-1 victory at Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League playoff.

Once again, Jürgen Klopp’s men looked irresistible at times going forward, though Simon Mignolet was far from being a spectator at the other end of the pitch, pulling off several important saves.

More defensive protection is definitely needed if the Reds are going to walk away with any significant silverware this season and that could arrive in the shape of Geoffrey Kondogbia if reports in talkSPORT are to be believed.

GEOFFREY KONDOGBIA

Also thought to be a target for both Tottenham and Valencia, the 24-year-old is said to be training on his own following a falling out with his current employers, Inter Milan.

It would be fair to say that the French international’s time in Italy has been far from a resounding success, though he has at least gained valuable experience from featuring in 50 Serie A games:

Geoffrey Kondogbia
POS: MIDAGE: 24Y 6M
HEIGHT: 6FT 2INWEIGHT: 12ST 8LB
SA | Inter | 15/1616/17 | Inter | SA
GOALS
ASSISTS
GAMES
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
2
AUG
2
4
SEP
2
5
OCT
1
1
2
NOV
2
1
DEC
2
2
JAN
3
4
FEB
3
2
MAR
3
1
2
APR
4
1
3
MAY
2
1
26
TOTAL
24
2
1

Similar in style to Patrick Vieira when playing at his best, Kondogbia is an athletic and rangy central midfielder who covers ground easily and breaks up opposition attacks.

The fact that the 24-year-old boasts 33 top-flight appearances for Sevilla and another 49 for AS Monaco is indication enough of his quality, whilst his best seasons as a footballer should yet be ahead of him:

Geoffrey Kondogbia
POS: MIDAGE: 24Y 6M
HEIGHT: 6FT 2INWEIGHT: 12ST 8LB
 
SA | INT | 15/1615/16 15/16 | INT | SA
WITHWITHOUT
26
MATCHES
12
62%
WIN%
33%
15%
DRAW%
25%
23%
LOSS%
42%
35
GOALS FOR
15
24
GOALS AGAINST
14
1.3
GOALS F
PER GAME
1.3
0.9
GOALS A
PER GAME
1.2
66.9
MINS PER
GOALS F
72
97.5
MINS PER
GOALS A
77.1
10
SHOTS F
PER GAME
9.3
2
POINTS
PER GAME
1.3
12
CLEAN SHEETS
3
11
TOTAL
1

Perhaps the 2015/16 campaign gave a good illustration of just what the midfielder could bring to Anfield, with Inter Milan enjoying significantly better results in Serie A when the Frenchman was involved.

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