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Transfer Scouting Report: Aly Cissokho

Over the past few years Aly Cissokho has been linked with Liverpool so it is no surprise his name is popping up beside Liverpool once again. It has been well documented that Brendan Rodgers is after another left back ( be it to replace the spaniard Jose Enrique or to provide competition). Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly, Andre Wisdom, Jon Flanagan, the youngster Ryan McLaughlin and even Martin Skrtel in an emergency are all capable of playing on the right side of a back four, Glen Johnson can play out on the left, but only Enrique and Jack Robinson specialise in starting on the left.

This is why that Cissokho joining the reds on a one year loan deal with the option to buy seems sensible for Liverpool.

So who exactly is Aly Cissokho?

Well, he is a French left back currently playing for Valencia in the La Liga and made 25 appearances last season for the club. He has previously played for FC Porto making 23 appearances in one season, and after a bizarre occurrence where he failed a medical at AC Milan as a result of a ” teeth problem.”

Because of the failed medical he went on to join Lyon for £15 Million. He stayed in France for 3 seasons making 93 appearances and coming up against Liverpool twice in the Champions League  before switching to Valencia this time last year regardless of previous speculation that he was heading to Anfield.

Cissokho is seen as being a strong physical presence up the left side and is very quick. He is often found making attacking runs similar to current Reds’ left back Jose Enrique but has sometimes been widely criticized as not being as good on the ball as he is athletically.

One difference between the two players is that Cissokho seems to be slightly more defensive at times rather than Enrique’s extremely attacking style of play so ultimately they are similar players with slightly different tendencies.

It is rumoured that Brendan Rodgers will pay around £900k for the season long loan and then have the option to purchase the player for a further £3.5m. The club could then allow youngster Jack Robinson to be sent out on loan to gain experience and develop whereas Cissokho and Enrique could battle it out for the coveted first team spot. If Liverpool do then agree to this loan deal and the French man impresses then who knows, he may be signing a permanent deal this time next summer.