Why Liverpool Need Jordan Amavi
During the latter stages of the previous transfer window, Liverpool were linked with French national Jordan Amavi from Aston Villa. But a tweet from Aston Villa’s new owner saying the Frenchman would remain at Villa Park meant the end of the possibility of a move. As you can see, I’m still hoping the links between him and Liverpool revive over the January window with Aston Villa currently in a position in the table where promotion doesn’t seem all that likely (14th).
As per the norm, Liverpool fans were boggled as to why we could be linked with someone like him when there’s another perfectly viable and much better player in Jonas Hector, whom they have their hearts set on. After all, what’s not to like? He’s a very experienced, and a defensively solid left-back, who’s already engraved in the German national team.
Jordan Amavi was an upcoming star for the Equipe de France. He played for Nice prior to his move to England, which was were he started to gain reputation for his abilities on both sides of the pitch. The 23 year old was also, in my opinion, a shining light in a pitch-black cave for what was a miserable season for Aston Villa, prior to his ACL injury last season.
Amavi has only played roughly 500 minutes so far this season for the Championship side, but that’s a given when the club is easing him back to fitness. The last thing they’d want is to aggravate the problem.
At Liverpool, we have James Milner and Alberto Moreno as our full-backs, and although Milner is proving to be an excellent left-back for us so far this season, ever since Moreno was pulled out from the starting XI, that position on the pitch remains short of depth and quality for the future. Myself, together with everyone who reads this can understand Milner would never be a long-term solution to the issue.
In the three months since Alberto Moreno has been pulled out from the lineup, he has improved massively. Albeit only a small sample size since, but there’s plenty of evidence that reinforces his development.
Moreno’s recent performance in our 4-2 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, replacing James Milner who was ill, showcased exactly the defensive aspect of his game he’s worked worked on in training after Klopp and his team pulled him out of the spotlight; the majority of the Liverpool fans thought he was excellent.
If Amavi were to arrive at Liverpool, Klopp’s reputation of developing talent could be a major key, and with he and Moreno challenging each other for that starting role, it would solve our full-back issues for the next decade.
Jordan Amavi is excellent going forward but defensively solid. He moves further up the pitch gradually during the build up instead of going camping in the final third. He loves to take on players and is very solid in the air as well. As with any young player, there are plenty of aspects of their game that needs to be worked on, and he would strive to under Jurgen Klopp.
The numbers he was putting up prior to the injury were excellent, and if you want to know more about the French man, Sam McGuire has written an excellent article during the summer here.
Should Liverpool look elsewhere for another left-back, I personally would like to mention Valencia’s Jose Gaya, Sead Kolasinac (currently linked to LFC) from Schalke 04, and Wendell Borges from Bayer Leverkusen. Of course, Liverpool could revisit Jonas Hector and maybe even go for someone like Ricardo Rodriguez, but these are only my suggestions.