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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Plotting Jordan Amavi Move

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Reports from France have linked Aston Villa's promising young left back with a move to Anfield.

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If Liverpool are going down the attacking full back who needs to improve defensively but has plenty of potential route at left back, a move for Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi makes sense. The Daily Express reports that French newspaper L'Equipe claimed that Liverpool's representatives have contacted the player's agent with a view to completing a deal for around £11 million. The 22-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament  in November while on under-21 duty for France, ending a season that started promisingly for the player.

Amavi only arrived last summer from Nice for a fee believed to be £9 million, but with Aston Villa relegated, the French defender could be on the move. Apparently AC Milan and Lyon are also interested in a player who brings dynamism, pace, guile, agility, physicality, and dribbling down the left. He still needs to work on his defending in terms of positioning and giving the ball away, but there's no doubt that Amavi was seen as an early success building on a growing reputation in France.

His four goals in 2014/15 in 36 starts in an impressive campaign in Ligue 1 underlined his attacking prowess, but his defensive statistics in terms of interceptions, tackles, and dribbles were crossed over to the 10 league appearances he made for Aston Villa before his horrendous knee injury. He's also surprisingly solid in the air for his size, giving him another key skill to offer any prospective buyers. Fullbacks are often targeted for diagonal balls to aerially dominant attackers, and this is even more widespread in one of Europe's most physically demanding league.

This won't be a transfer that excites many Liverpool fans, but if this rumour turns out to be true, Amavi could be a pleasant surprise. There may be some concerns about the fee along with his recovery from injury, but young players can usually withstand one or two serious injuries. Liverpool have been linked with quite a few left backs, and before the end of the summer, Jürgen Klopp will surely have picked one up to compete with Alberto Moreno.