In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, journalist Paul Brown revealed that Liverpool are the dark horses to land Leicester City midfield ace Youri Tielemans. Brown said,
“A dark horse to watch out for here his Liverpool. I would not be surprised at all if we saw Liverpool make a move for Tielemans as a free agent.”
Tielemans’ Up And Down Season At Leicester City
Tielemans is having a tough campaign at the King Power Stadium as he has struggled to help Leicester pick up favourable results in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has been involved in 16 matches for the Foxes this season, finding the back of the net three times and earning one assist in the process across all competitions.
The Belgian talent deserves a lot of credit for averaging 2.3 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 1.1 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been excellent with his ball distribution after making 86.3% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).
His current contract with the Foxes is set to expire at the end of this campaign. Hence, Liverpool might have a good shot at landing him on a cut-price deal this January or signing him as a free agent next summer.
Should Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Snap Tielemans Up?
Tielemans is used to doing a bit of everything for his team at the centre of the park. He is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger well to secure the ball back for his side at the centre of the park. The Belgian international can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range. Tielemans is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can even operate as a defensive midfielder or as an attacking midfielder if needed.
He has even got a good passing range and doesn’t mind putting in a tireless shift for the benefit of his side.
Tielemans ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Jurgen Klopp demands from his midfielders. He will no doubt add more depth to Liverpool‘s midfield that has often been a subject of criticism this season.
At 25, Tielemans has his best years ahead of him. With all things considered, it makes sense for the Reds to snap him up during the winter transfer window as he could help the Merseyside club get back to challenging for a top-four spot and even a trophy or two this season.