Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia could be on his way to Anfield in January according to Web Calcio, after Frank de Boer slammed his French star after an error in the 1-1 draw against Bologna.
Without any first team action since that error, the former Monaco man is believed to have his days at the club numbered, and the Reds could take him on loan for the final months of the season to see if he is worth a permanent switch in the summer.
The 23-year-old is most natural as a holding midfielder and could provide competition and cover for Emre Can, but can also play at left-back and in central defence, with his flexibility likely to appeal to Jurgen Klopp. However, given that Inter paid £26 million for his services, he is unlikely to come cheap, particularly with three and a half years left on his current contract.
After reports emerged linking Belgian striker Divock Origi to Juventus, he spoke to HLN of Belgium to rubbish the speculation and claim that he is happy fighting for his place and has no problem with boss Klopp as he said:
“I’ve not heard it. It’s a rumour, as there are many. No, I concentrate fully on Liverpool and the Belgium national team. I’ve started both matches of the League Cup, and I scored in both games, Liverpool have won almost every game. We lost against Burnley and drew against Tottenham. A manager never changes his winning team. It does not matter to me. Klopp believes in me and says I have to be patient. He asked me to stay calm, which is not easy for a footballer. I want to play and be the decisive player that I was last season. I scored 10 goals in no time. Everything can turn quickly in football.”
The youngster has had a frustrating start to the season, particularly given his superb form at the tail end of last term. He is unlikely to be satisfied with substitute appearances for long though, and rotations may be necessary to keep the striker happy.
Another Belgian striker who did fall out with Klopp is Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, who has taken a subtle dig at his former manager in the Express, saying:
“I feel so happy — I feel like me again and I feel now that I can get better and better. Right from when I spoke to Alan Pardew for the first time, he promised me he would do everything to get the best out of me. He told me he believed in my ability and that he wanted me to play to my strengths. That was not the case at Liverpool where I always believed I was in a losing battle to prove myself. I know I could have done better at Liverpool with the minutes I had. But even so I believe that at Palace I have a freedom I never had last season. I feel I can express myself again — even make mistakes — and that the manager will still have trust in me and that is important. He lets me play with freedom and I believe that now I am at Palace I can get better and better.”
Brendan Rodgers’ final major signing at Anfield never looked likely to succeed at Liverpool under Klopp, who prefers quicker strikers who can press, something that Benteke cannot offer. Now, Benteke will hope to prove the German wrong at Palace.
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