Three players Liverpool should scout at AFCON

The 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations begins midway through January, and Liverpool should have an eye on several top talents.

With the January transfer window already open, top clubs around the world will surely be keeping tabs on talented young players. And here at The Hard Tackle we look at three players Liverpool should pay close attention to.

Although the Reds are currently at the top of the Premier League table, they have a few glaring weaknesses in their squad and they will need to address those if they want to truly compete for major trophies consistently.

Victor Boniface

The Nigerian striker has been a surprise package in the Bundesliga this season, and he has impressed everyone with his performances for Bayer Leverkusen. The German outfit have emerged as a surprising contender for the league title this season, and Boniface is one of the main reasons why they have done so well.

The 23-year-old striker has scored 16 goals and picked up eight assists across 23 matches in all competitions. Apart from his ability to find the back of the net consistently, he has managed to impress with his ability to hold up the ball and bring others into play.

Liverpool would certainly benefit from a talented young striker like him, especially if players like Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez continue to fall in front of goal. Both attackers have struggled to score goals consistently, and Liverpool have been overly dependent on Mohamed Salah to find the back of the net.

The Nigerian could prove to be a long-term acquisition for the Premier league side and a move to Anfield would be an exciting step up for him as well. He has been linked with Real Madrid recently. Premier League bigwigs like Arsenal and Chelsea are also keen.

Edmond Tapsoba

The 24-year-old Burkina Faso international has been linked with the number of Premier League clubs like Tottenham recently. He has established himself as one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga, and his performances have surprisingly attracted the attention of the top clubs.

Tapsoba will be in action for his country during the Africa Cup of Nations, and his suitors will certainly keep a keen eye on his performances. He has been linked with a move away from Bayer Leverkusen, and Liverpool should closely monitor his situation.

Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate are the only reliable central defenders at the club right now. Joel Matip will be out of contract at the end of the season, and they will need to replace him adequately. In addition, Joe Gomez’s fitness issues are well-documented.

The 24-year-old could prove to be a superb acquisition for them. If he manages to impress with his performances during the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool could be tempted to make a move for him at the end of the season.

Ousmane Diomande

The need for a central defender at Liverpool is hardly a secret. Therefore, it is no surprise when we suggest that they should be keeping tabs on the 20-year-old Sporting CP defender, Ousmane Diomande.

The 20-year-old Ivorian defender is regarded as one of the most promising young defensive talents in European football, and he has the attributes to develop into a top class defender. Liverpool could certainly use someone like him as the long-term replacement for Joel Matip.

A move to the Premier League will be an exciting step up in his career as well, and it remains to be seen with the Liverpool are ready to break the bank for him. He has shown his quality in the Liga Portugal with Sporting CP, and if he manages to impress in a major international tournament with his country now, Liverpool might just be convinced to trigger his €80 million release clause. The defender has been linked with clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old defender is clearly a man in demand, and he is unlikely to be at Sporting CP for long. Liverpool must keep close tabs on his preferences and make their move swiftly if they want to secure his signature.

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