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Liverpool Eyeing This Ligue 1 Midfielder As Wijnaldum Replacement: Right Choice For Klopp?

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In a recent report, The Daily Express has revealed that Liverpool are eyeing Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga as a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who has just got a few months left to run in his Anfield contract. It is understood that the Reds could capitalise on Rennes’ situation with the French midfield ace, who has already informed his employers that he won’t pen a new contract (via The Daily Express).

Camavinga’s Impressive Campaign For Rennes This Season

Camavinga is having another solid season at Roazhon Park as he has been responsible for putting in some memorable displays at the centre of Bruno Génésio’s midfield. The 18-year-old has registered one goal and two assists in 34 matches for the French outfit this term across various competitions.

The Rennes academy graduate has caught the eye with his performances in Europe where he is averaging 1.5 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 1.3 shots, 1.8 key passes and 2.8 dribbles per game in the UEFA Champions League this season. He has even been excellent when distributing possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 91% in European football (stats via whoscored).

Camavinga will have just a year left to run in his contract at the end of this campaign, which could open the door for the Reds to acquire his services when the transfer window commences later this year.

Liverpool eyeing Camavinga as Wijnaldum replacement (Camavinga is in action in the photo)
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What Will The French Midfield Powerhouse Add To Jurgen Klopp’s Team?

Camavinga can dominate the midfield battle with the opposition using his strength and athletism. He is a hard-working midfielder who can make some powerful runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area. The three-time France international can time his tackles well to earn the ball back at the centre of the park. Camavinga has even got the vision to play a killer pass in the attacking third of the pitch.

Is Camavinga The Right Choice For The Reds?

At 18, the French prospect has already shown a lot of glimpses of what he is capable of, so Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will do well to get him on board this summer. Camavinga ticks all the right boxes in terms of what the Reds head coach expects from his midfielders.

Plus, the Miconje-born talent will be a great choice for the Merseyside giants as he will add a lot of value to their squad in the long run. Camavinga has still got a long way to go before he can be a world-class player in his position. However, he has the potential to be a generational talent, so Klopp should consider recruiting him if he is confident about getting the best out of the youngster in the coming seasons.

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