The 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is set to commence in the middle of January. Liverpool are expected to monitor several top talents participating in the tournament.
Despite holding the top spot in the Premier League standings, Liverpool’s squad reveals certain areas of vulnerability. Addressing these weaknesses will be crucial for the club’s sustained contention for significant titles.
As the January transfer window is now open, elite clubs globally are actively scouting promising young talents. Newsnow Liverpool highlights three players that Liverpool should closely monitor at Africa Cup of Nations.
The young Nigerian forward has emerged as a standout player in the Bundesliga this season, drawing attention for his impressive displays with Bayer Leverkusen. Bayer Leverkusen have surprisingly positioned themselves as a strong contender for the league title, with the skillful striker Boniface being a significant contributor to their success.
In his 23 appearances across various competitions, the 23-year-old has netted 16 goals and provided eight assists. His prowess isn’t limited to scoring; he has also showcased commendable skills in ball retention and facilitating team play.
Liverpool, observing the inconsistent scoring form of players like Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez, could greatly benefit from adding such a promising talent to their ranks. Their over-reliance on Mohamed Salah for goals has been evident, making Boniface’s potential transfer all the more appealing for the Premier League side.
A move to Liverpool would present a promising progression in the Nigerian striker’s career. However, he has also garnered interest from other European giants. Recently, rumors have linked him with a potential move to Real Madrid, while Premier League powerhouses such as Arsenal and Chelsea are also monitoring his situation closely.
The Burkina Faso international, aged 24, has garnered attention from various Premier League clubs, including Tottenham. His commendable performances in the Bundesliga have captured the interest of top-tier teams.
Tapsoba is set to represent his country at the Africa Cup of Nations. Clubs eyeing him will undoubtedly be watching his matches closely. Reports suggest a possible departure from Bayer Leverkusen, making it crucial for Liverpool to stay informed about his status.
Currently, Liverpool rely heavily on Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate as their primary central defenders. With Joel Matip’s contract nearing its end and questions surrounding Joe Gomez’s fitness, the club is in search of reinforcements.
Given his potential and recent form, the 24-year-old might be an excellent addition to Liverpool’s defensive lineup. A standout performance in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations could further increase Liverpool’s interest in securing his services.
The desire for a central defender at Liverpool is evident. It’s suggested that the club should monitor the progress of 20-year-old Sporting CP defender, Ousmane Diomande.
Hailing from Ivory Coast, Diomande is recognised as a rising star in European football’s defensive ranks. He possesses qualities that hint at a bright future as a top-tier defender. Liverpool see him as a potential successor to Joel Matip.
For Diomande, joining the Premier League would mark a significant career advancement. Whether Liverpool are prepared to make a substantial financial commitment for him remains uncertain. His commendable performances for Sporting CP in Liga Portugal have garnered attention.
A standout display in a significant international tournament could lead Liverpool to consider activating his €80 million buyout clause. Notably, other clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and Real Madrid have also expressed interest.
Given the high demand for the young defender, it’s anticipated that his tenure at Sporting CP might be short-lived. Liverpool need to closely monitor his situation and act promptly if they aim to secure his services.
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