Liverpool launch official Yves Bissouma transfer enquiry as Brighton name asking price

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Liverpool have made an opening move for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

The highly rated Albion midfielder has been on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s radar for some time, and the Anfield club have now made an official enquiry.

Brighton want around £40 million for the Mali midfielder, but are under less pressure to sell during this transfer window after already unloading defender Ben White to Arsenal for £50 million.

Klopp though faces competition for Bissouma, 24, from Manchester United and Arsenal, who have also been tracking the powerful 24 year old.

Bissouma has become a key part of Albion manager Graham Potter’s team since arriving on a five year contract from Lille in 2018 in a £15m deal.

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Albion have already started preliminary discussions about a new contract for Bissouma, who they want to keep.

Liverpool though want a replacement for Georginio Winaldum, who left for Paris St Germain this summer, and Bissouma has long been one of Klopp’s top targets.

Bissouma, who made 35 league starts for Brighton last season scoring one goal, has again been impressive in Albion’s fine start to this campaign, which has seen them win their opening two matches.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool discovered their group for this year’s Champions League on Thursday.

And the Reds arguably had the toughest draw of the four English teams with Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan all in Liverpool’s group.

“I laughed, to be honest, pretty loud because it is a tough group obviously,” Klopp said.

“It’s Champions League, so that’s how it is, and you have to play the best teams in Europe, and obviously some of them are in our group!

“We played, I don’t know how often, already against Porto, so they will be waiting for us. We have obviously a little bit of [an] open bill with Atletico, and AC Milan, a historical one obviously.

“So, I think our supporters should be looking forward to it – we do, for sure.

“I know that people sit always at home and think, ‘Ah come on, that would be cool, then you have this team together and the worst of pot four and the worst of pot one’ and all this kind of stuff.

“So, we didn’t get that obviously but we’re still pretty ambitious and would like to show the really hard work from last year, qualifying for the Champions League, that it was worth it. That’s how we will play the games.”

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