Liverpool identify Yves Bissouma as potential Georginio Wijnaldum replacement

Georginio Wijnaldum can negotiate with other clubs from January with his Liverpool contract due to expire next summer (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool will consider making a January bid for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma in order to steal march on the Mali international’s other suitors.

The Premier League champions remain hopeful that Georginio Wijnaldum, a mainstay of their midfield in recent seasons, will sign a new contract and commit the remaining peak years of his career to the club.

But with just over six months left to run on his current deal and Barcelona still interested in signing him, Liverpool are steeling themselves for the departure of the Netherlands international and are drawing up a list of potential replacements.

Bissouma joined Brighton for just £15million from Lille two-and-a-half years ago and the Seagulls believes he has at least doubled in value since then.

The combative midfielder possess similar qualities to Wijnaldum but would add an extra level of aggression to the Liverpool engine room and would not necessarily block the path of youngster Curtis Jones who has cemented a regular first team spot this season.

Yves Bissouma is being tracked by a number of clubs including Liverpool and Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

According to ESPN, however, Manchester United as well as Monaco and two unnamed Spanish clubs, are also carefully monitoring Bissouma’s situation and with that in mind Liverpool could make their move when the transfer window reopens next month.

Brighton are currently in the midst of a relegation battle and would likely be reluctant sellers given they are currently in 16th position and just two points out of the drop zone.

Despite preparing for his potential exit, Jurgen Klopp remains hopeful the 30-year-old will opt against seeking a fresh challenge and remain at Anfield.

Speaking after the Dutchman scored in the recent win over Wolves, Klopp said: ‘I hope so [that he signs], to be honest,’ Klopp told Amazon Sport. ‘You can see that, he plays all the time. We have a pretty good relationship. I hope so.’

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