Liverpool have been linked with a move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his squad over the summer.
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The report added that Tielemans was emotional at the end of Leicester’s final day defeat, not only due to missing out on a top four finish, but also because he knew it may have been his final game for the club.
Edwards must swoop
With Wijnaldum set to join Catalan giants Barca on a free transfer once his contract expires in the coming weeks, Liverpool will have a rather sizeable hole left in their engine room.
In a rather underwhelming campaign for the Anfield outfit, the Dutch international was one of very few consistent performers. Despite speculation over his future rumbling on for much of the campaign, Wijnaldum featured in all 38 Premier League games for the 2019/20 champions, starting all but four of them.
His departure could have a significant negative impact upon Liverpool if the club’s director of football Michael Edwards fails to bring in an adequate replacement, but he may just have found one in Tielemans.
Since arriving in English football in a £40m deal two years ago, the former Monaco man has bagged 17 goals and provided 19 assists in 108 outings for Leicester, scoring a sensational winner as Brendan Rodgers’ side won their first-ever FA Cup two weeks ago.
His impressive performances have previously earned praise from his manager, who lauded the Belgium international’s maturity despite his tender years.
“He is 23 years of age, but you’d think he was 28 or 29,” Rodgers told Sky Sports in March.
“He has got a wonderful football brain. I trust him. Tactically, he is so strong. Technically, he can play fast because his vision is so good.”
The assets that Tielemans has so readily shown throughout his time at Leicester could make him an ideal successor for Wijnaldum at Liverpool, and Edwards must swoop for the Belgian midfield maestro this summer.