Liverpool could land the next Wijnaldum for as little as £21.2m, Edwards must act now - TBR View
Liverpool were left reeling in the summer when Georginio Wijnaldum left Anfield on a free transfer.
The Dutchman clocked up 237 competitive appearances en route to Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup glory.
Although Liverpool have coped well in his absence, all clubs must keep their eyes peeled for potential new high-calibre recruits.
One player who could potentially be on the market in January has been compared to Wijnaldum, and may be available for a bargain fee.
The player in question is Juventus and United States midfielder Weston McKennie.
Calciomercato claims Juve could potentially be open to letting the 23-year-old leave in January.
Two of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals, Spurs and West Ham, are seemingly keen on McKennie.
The versatile player was linked with a Premier League move last summer.
Though he ended up staying put at Juve, he has lost his regular starting berth under new manager Massimiliano Allegri.
McKennie has only started four of his side’s nine games so far, completing 90 minutes just twice for the Old Lady.
Why should Liverpool consider McKennie?
McKennie is a young player of the highest calibre, who looked a cut above in the Bundesliga and has also done well playing for one of the biggest clubs in Serie A.
Former Schalke boss David Wagner said in 2019 that he thought McKennie could become one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga.
Now seemingly at risk of being out of favour under Allegri, this potentially means Juve might be open to selling him.
His reported price tag isn’t especially high either.
Fabrizio Romano claimed in August that Juve would consider “important bids” of around 25million to 30million Euro (£21.3million to £25.5million).
Furthermore, McKennie is incredibly versatile, which is never a bad thing and could come in handy in case there’s ever another injury crisis at Liverpool.
As per the Bundesliga website, Schalke deployed him as a full-back, centre-back, attacking midfielder and even striker at various times over his time at the club.
Liverpool would be getting a “very aggressive” midfield powerhouse
That said, he is very much at his best as a box-to-box midfielder.
“I see him as a central midfielder who can win balls but can also get into the opposition penalty box,” USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter told Fox Sports – via the Bundesliga website – in January 2019.
“When I watch him play he’s very aggressive with runs in the box and he has the physical capacity to win balls back so I really like his skillset and I see him mostly as a central midfielder.”
Numerous fans have previously made comparisons between McKennie’s style of play and that of Wijnaldum:
Liverpool could be a great move for him , Mckennie reminds me of Wijnaldum— Genjutsu ☭ #XaviYa (@KunGenjutsu) August 18, 2021
GGG should take a page out of the Netherlands playbook and use McKennie how they use Gigi Wijnaldum.— Jason🇺🇸🇸🇻 (@JasonAS07) September 4, 2021
A guy who is always in an around the box who always scores goals and isn’t asked to do much in build up play/possession, etc.
We have our wijnaldum in Mckennie. We need a Milinkovic and Locatelli type player.— Damaged Bianconero⚪⚫ (@JuveTIA1897) March 13, 2021
I think McKennie would be a Wijnaldum/ Milner role. He’s a combative, strong midfielder who pops up with the odd goal. He could also do a job at full back.— Jonathan McMahon (@jmcmahon423) July 12, 2020
Kabak and McKennie would be ideal, with Matip injury prone, Henderson and wijnaldum are getting old.— Josh (@joshambrown_) July 28, 2020
Liverpool need to replace Wijnaldum with McKennie https://t.co/TASwC2HKUS— RJE (@espocrespo) August 18, 2021
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