Liverpool have not done anything in the transfer window so far and if Rodgers comments of adding at least one more top player are serious, the club is reportedly going all out to get Ukrainian attacker Yevhen Konoplyanka.

 

Who is Konoplyanka?

Yevhen Konoplyanka is a Ukrainian player who represents FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. His preferred position is that of a left winger, but the player has the adaptability to play anywhere along the front line. He can play conventionally in the right wing and can also play as a secondary striker. He tends to cut-in from the wing and take strong shots with his powerful right leg, although he is comfortable using his left to pass, cross and dribble his way around defenders too.Ai??The 24 year-old has been a one club man so far and has represented Dnipro in his senior career. He was rated at between A?50ai??i?? million-A?60ai??i??million by his club manager Juande Ramos when he was targeted by Dinamo Kiev a few years ago.Ai??Konoplyanka was targeted by the Anfield club even in the summer, but it was reported that Liverpool thought of him as a long term target and did not intend to splash cash on him straight away. He was also a subject of a A?10million bid from Southampton in the final week of the summer transfer window, but Dnipro were not ready to consider any offer below ai??i??20million. Konoplyanka has a year and half left on his contract and Dnipro must think of this as their big chance of getting a good sum of money for the Ukrainian talent.

Konoplyanka has a black belt in Karate, which also helps the defensive side of his game (not to bash up fellow players) as he makes good and clean tackles. The fact that he can to it alongside his lethal offense speaks volumes of the well rounded game the player possesses.Ai??The 24 year old possesses a deadly right foot and has immense control on the ball. His dribbling is especially eye catching with smooth skills on the ball. He is a pacey, agile player who has a good reading of the game.

The fact that he plays on the left wing but is right footed brings in a lot of advantage as he is able to cut inside and shoot or link up with fellow attackers with immense credibility. The player has three assists in the league to his name. Konoplyanka is also a as he has scored 5 times in 16 league games this season, so naturally, he brings in the goal threat with him.

He has been a starter for the Ukraine national team for the last four years and has been regarded as Ukrainian’s best thing since Shevchenko. He has picked up several personal accolades along the way which go on to prove his skills-Ai??Ukrainian Footballer of the Year: 2010, 2012, 2013, Most Popular Player of Ukraine 2012 and he was the part of the UEFA Europa League Team of the Year 2012.

What he would add to Liverpool

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Coutinho needs to play in his natural position behind the forwards.

Coutinho is meant to make the ‘Zola Zone‘, the area of the pitch behind the striker, his own.Ai??With him wrongly employed as the winger in the left zone of the pitch, Liverpool are without a player who can stun defenders in the centre of the pitch and assist strikers to score goals, or have a shot at goal himself. The RedsAi??need an attacking player who can fill the void in the left side of the flank. Victor Moses has clearly not fitted the bill at Liverpool, even though he had a good outing in the FA Cup against Bournemouth. Therefore the need for Liverpool to actually have a player who is a natural and comfortable fit on the left flank is necessary.

Getting someone like Konoplyanka would be an absolute treat for Liverpool, because of the player’s qualities. Liverpool usually play with two wingers and with in form Sterling on the right, having a natural winger for the left side would only be a bonus for Liverpool. He can easily fit in the 4-2-3-1 formation and any other which Rodgers might want to use. The club will have Jose Enrique back in the side in about three to four weeks. Liverpool can then have a strong left flank consisting Enrique and Konoplyanka. Coutinho would be playing in his natural position and Liverpool would have a deadly attack with the Ukrainian on the left, Coutinho in the middle and SAS upfront and deep lying playmakers in the form of Gerrard and Henderson.

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