Liverpool are apparently in talks with Lyon to sign their 20-year-old attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar in the summer, according to a report from French publication Telefoot via Tribal Football.
Klopp has been asked to be informed by Lyon’s owner Jean-Michel Aulas over any changes in the availability of Aouar; even though the French club are reluctant to sell, they know it will be difficult to keep Aouar at the Groupama Stadium after his performances this season.
However, as Liverpool know from the failed deal for Nabil Fekir this summer, Aulas is a notoriously tough negotiator and any deal for Aouar would be difficult to pull off, especially thanks to stiff competition from Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola describing the player as ‘incredible’ after their 2-2 draw with Lyon last week.
It’s easy to comprehend why Liverpool are so keen on obtaining Aouar’s services — with 5 goals in Ligue 1 this season, along with 3 assists in Europe, he would seemingly provide the attacking impetus from midfield that has been lacking at times at Anfield.
In a similar mould to Naby Keita, he is also highly adept from a defensive standpoint, making 5 tackles in the game against Man City and being arguably the best player on the pitch — no easy feat considering the star power present that evening.
The Frenchman will be difficult to prise away from Lyon, who will be set on further developing the midfield of Aouar and Tanguy Ndombele, but considering his talent and potential, he’d be a sensational signing for Liverpool.