Former Everton forward Kevin Campbell has backed Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans to add ‘another dimension’ to the Liverpool midfield if he was to make the move to Anfield this summer.
Liverpool are currently dealing with something of a injury crisis in the centre of the park after Thiago Alcantara limped off the field with a hamstring strain less than an hour into their opening Premier League game of the season against newly-promoted Fulham last weekend.
In the days since, there have been links with Jude Bellingham, Ismael Bennacer and most prominently Matheus Nunes from Sporting Lisbon. However, Campbell, who played 137 times for the Reds’ close-city rivals Everton, believes a move for Belgium international Tielemans would help Jurgen Klopp cope without his Spanish maestro over the coming weeks and months.
He has craft in his game,” Campbell told Football Insider. “It is one of them, he is there with a year left on his contract. If the opportunity came about, could it happen? I’m sure Tielemans would be interested in a move to Liverpool.
When you look at Thiago, his game and what he brings to Liverpool, Tielemans could go someway to replacing that. Thiago brings craft to that Liverpool midfield. Tielemans brings that as well. He could also add goals to that side. He would give Liverpool another dimension if was he to go to Anfield
Tielemans, who made the move permanent move to the King Power stadium in 2019 after a successful half-season loan spell, has just one year remaining on his current deal. However, with interest circulating in some of the Foxes’ biggest names so far this transfer window – with Newcastle United and Chelsea having two bids rejected for James Maddison and Wesley Fofana respectively – Brendan Rodgers has insisted his side’s financial needs won’t lead to them being exploited in the transfer marke
“There is, obviously, within the club a financial situation which isn’t ideal in terms of wanting to do business,” Rodgers said at the start of the month. “It doesn’t mean we will be exploited and we don’t want to be losing our best players. You don’t want to lose your best players and then not be able to bring any in. That doesn’t stack up.”t..”
However, as doubts continue to linger following his reluctance to sign a new contract in the Midlands, Tielemans will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with other clubs in Europe from January 1, 2023. It is a date that will no doubt be playing on Leicester officials’ minds in the closing weeks of the current window.
Tielemans started the Foxes’ 2-2 draw with Brentford on Sunday afternoon.