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Report: Liverpool looking at PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa

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Despite the halt to the Premier League season, transfer rumours never stop and the latest snippet of news regards another left-back being linked to the Reds.

Football 365 (via Spanish publication Sport) reports that PSG star Layvin Kurzawa is on the radar of Liverpool as they search for specialised cover for Andy Robertson.

The evergreen James Milner has deputised many times in the role during the tenure of Jürgen Klopp, but in doing so, it takes away some of the strengths he offers in the middle of the pitch.

Youngsters Yasser Larouci and Adam Lewis have made appearances in domestic cup and pre-season games, but they are both viewed as options for the long term.

Kurzawa was strongly linked to Arsenal during the January transfer but he stayed put at the French champions with manager Thomas Tuchel very keen to keep hold of him.

 

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The 27 year-old has a deal of experience in a domestic sense having also played for Monaco, in European competition for PSG and also on the international stage where he has won 13 caps for France. 

He also brings a winning pedigree to the table having been part of three title-winning squads with PSG as well as a number of domestic cups.

With his contract ending in the summer, Liverpool will be able to sign Kurzawa on a free transfer.

In terms of his strengths, Kurzawa looks to have a nice blend between attacking and a defensive sense.

In possession, he tries to drive forward with the ball, a trait highlighted by his 1.47 progressive runs up the pitch per 90 minutes this season.

He likes the ball at his feet with Kurzawa averaging 2.8 successful dribbles per 90 minutes meaning that he does not turn over the ball easily.

 

Kurzama also has a passing success rate of 87% during the 2019/20 season.

Despite being comfortable in possession, Kurzawa is not a playmaking full-back in the way that Robbo and Trent are, although to be honest, not many are in the modern Football landscape.

An area where Kurzawa could struggle in a Jürgen Klopp side is his defensive positioning and concentration.

This is along with a lack of confidence in his own ability which many close observers believe is a key reason that he has been in and out of the PSG side this season. 

That last part makes him sound like a Alberto Moreno clone, but in truth we are not looking for a world beater in this position, just a player that can give Andy Robbo a breather every now and then.

With that all said, being able to sign Kurzawa could be a pretty savvy move.


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1.47 progressive runs up the pitch. Robbo doest that in the first 5 mins of most games. 

 

Slight whiff of desperation about this link having been linked with him in the past.

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The French Danny Rose, based on what I've seen of him. The sort of player who'd join on a free transfer on silly money and soon end up on the unflushable turd pile, loaned repeatedly to Serie A or the Turkish league, with his parent club having to stump up the majority of his wages. Swerve.

 

But hey, I've been wrong before.

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He's a cunt. Loads of natural ability going forward but has a terrible mentality and hasn't come close to living up to the potential he once had. Even as a backup he's probably not worth it just because of his attitude. 

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1 hour ago, 3 Stacks said:

He's a cunt. Loads of natural ability going forward but has a terrible mentality and hasn't come close to living up to the potential he once had. Even as a backup he's probably not worth it just because of his attitude. 

Sounds like a West Ham signing.

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