Yves Bissouma ‘not a Liverpool transfer target’ because of four Jurgen Klopp players

Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma has enjoyed an impressive campaign, with the 24-year-old said to be on the radar of several Premier League sides. Liverpool are one of the clubs who have been linked with his services but, according to new reports, he is ‘not a target’.

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has featured in every single Premier League game that Liverpool have played over the past two seasons, but he has confirmed that he will be leaving the club when his contract expires.

Despite Wijnaldum’s importance to Liverpool, the Athletic is reporting that the club believes they do not need to replace him.

As a result, it is stated that Liverpool are not eyeing a move for Bissouma.

Instead, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is said to have faith in academy graduate Curtis Jones, with the 20-year-old set for a more prominent role next season.

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Club captain Jordan Henderson is also set to return, having been out of action since February with a groin injury.

Klopp has also publicly backed Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, two players who have struggled with fitness problems, to play their part next season.

When asked about Keita earlier this month, Klopp said: “Naby trains really well in the moment, I have to say.

“He trains really well, like a lot of other players, and looks really good in training. But this year now we need stability.

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“We will make changes from time to time definitely, but it’s not like we pick now seven, eight, nine players to change and say, ‘Maybe we can win it like this.

“The long-term future of Naby Keita, from my point of view, is here, yes.”

When asked about Oxlade-Chamberlain, Klopp told reporters: “The summer is important for all of us, and for Ox it’s exactly the same. 

“When you don’t start games, then you have to use each training session and each minute on the pitch in a game to convince. I don’t have to be convinced, to be honest, but it’s about showing up in these kind of situations.

“Oxlade had really good moments. He trains really well. These situations are not easy; for Naby [Keita] it is not easy, for Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] it is not easy, for some other players as well. I know that.

“But during the season, a lot of things happened. The one thing we tried to get, and when we got it we tried to keep it, was balance and rhythm, stability. That means that you don’t change these positions too often. That’s it, pretty much.

“With always having a different defence, the midfield needed to be different to other times, when we were much more settled, much more stable. That’s the reason why some players don’t have enough minutes. 

“That will hopefully change completely next season because if you have that stability in the last line, then you can be more flexible in the formation, further up the pitch.”

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