Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma, with the 24-year-old viewed as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum is out of contract in the summer and there has been interest in the Dutchman from Barcelona, who are currently managed by his former national team coach Ronald Koeman.
As a result of the uncertainty surrounding the player's future, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking at potential replacements and Bissouma fits the bill for the club's recruitment team with his statistics similar to Wijnaldum's.
According to a report from ESPN, Liverpool, Manchester United, Monaco and two Spanish sides are interested in the midfielder.
The report claims that Brighton are expecting clubs to make offers for Bissouma in January and there are concerns about whether they will be able to persuade him to stay.
So far this season, Bissouma has played 1,061 minutes in the league, won 73 of his 153 duels, created three chances, made 40 tackles and has an 86% pass completion rate.
In comparison, Wijnaldum has played 1,081 league minutes, won 35 of his 64 duels, created six chances, made 11 tackles and has a 92% pass completion rate.
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Wijnaldum has been ever present in the centre of the park for Liverpool this season and is one of just three players to have featured in every league game so far this season.
19-year-old prospect Curtis Jones has also become a regular member of the first team and Klopp has been impressed with his performances.
"Some people will tell you that in Liverpool people grow up quickly – and I don’t mean the club, I mean the city", Klopp said.
"He is 19 until he enters the pitch. That is what they all have to be like. When you say someone is 19, they are allowed to make this or that mistake. Every player can make mistakes. That is no problem, we can sort that out as a team.
"But when we speak about the kids we constantly forget Curtis because we do not see him as a kid any more. But he is, so that’s good. He just has to keep working hard and keep his feet on the ground and then his future could be pretty bright."
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