Liverpool legend John Barnes names Yves Bissouma as an ideal signing

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Yves Bissouma has regularly been linked with a move away from Brighton over the last couple of years (Picture: Getty Images)

Yves Bissouma represents the ‘ideal Liverpool central midfielder’ according to club legend John Barnes, who would love to see his former club sign the Brighton star ahead of the likes of Jude Bellingham and Youri Tielemans.

Bissouma has excelled for the Seagulls since arriving from Lille in 2018 and has regularly been linked with a move to traditionally bigger clubs, with Arsenal regularly at the top of that list.

Liverpool are now being seen as a possible destination for the 25-year-old, but as are the likes of Newcastle United and Aston Villa. Teams that are no better than Brighton at the moment, but clubs that can offer Bissouma much more money.

Barnes wants to see Liverpool usurp the likes of Newcastle and Villa and tempt the Mali international to Anfield, a destination that would likely be more appealing than St James’ or Villa Park.

‘From a Liverpool perspective, it would be lovely to see Yves Bissouma playing at Anfield rather than for Newcastle or Aston Villa,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

‘If you look at the age of Liverpool’s midfielders, a lot of them are aged 30 or older, Yves is young and would be an excellent signing for the club.

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Yves Bissouma’s contract at Brighton comes to an end in 2023, which could encourage them to sell this year (Picture: Getty Images)

‘As to whether Bissouma wants to leave Brighton right now and sign for another team in a relegation dog fight, then that’s up to him.

‘He must decide what is right for himself, but the quality he possesses at this stage of his career – he should be aiming higher [than Aston Villa or Newcastle].

‘Newcastle is a great club, but if you ask people Liverpool or Newcastle, then it’s a no brainer [you’d pick Liverpool].

‘If you wanted to create a template for the ideal Liverpool central midfielder, Bissouma fits it perfectly.’

Leicester City’s Tielemans and Borussia Dortmund’s Bellingham have also been seen as possible Liverpool signings this summer, and while Barnes rates them both highly, it is Bissouma he would most like to see come through the door.

‘Youri Tielemans is a brilliant player, but he’s a completely different type of footballer to Yves Bissouma,’ the former England winger continued.

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Youri Tielemans’ Leicester contract expires next year (Picture: REUTERS)

‘Tielemans is a very good hardworking midfielder, but if you look at the nature of what Liverpool midfielders do, in terms of their physicality and the ability to get up and down the field, that isn’t necessarily what Tielemans does.

‘Youri is excellent in possession and is perhaps maybe more Manchester City’s style of player. Yves Bissouma would suit the Liverpool style more than Tielemans would. The same as he would with Jude Bellingham.

‘All three are excellent players though, Liverpool wouldn’t be doing wrong by signing any of them.’


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