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Should Liverpool pursue a Sissoko return?

Mohamed Sissoko

After a recent piece, there were some that thought a Sissoko return would be a good option

When Mohamed Sissoko had his contract cancelled by PSG, there was a piece that I wrote on this website that reflected on his career so far, how he could've been so much better where it not for bad luck.

Some in reply suggested that Liverpool should try and tempt Sissoko back to Anfield now he is a free agent, and has since been in talks with Reading.

One comment read: “Would love to see him back at Liverpool as cover in the defensive midfield position. Being currently out of contract, and the apparent stalemate in securing a deal with Reading, I'm sure he could be got on the cheap, on at least a 1 year contract.”

It certainly isn’t the worst idea that anyone has ever come up with. Eyebrows were raised when Manchester City recruited Owen Hargreaves after a catalogue of horror injuries during his time at near-neighbours Manchester United, so compared to that it wouldn't seem so much of a risk if Liverpool were to offer Sissoko a route back to Anfield.

Liverpool certainly do look a tad light in that area of the park. They have a fairly good amount of central midfielders but only one of them looks like a commanding defensive midfielder and that’s Lucas, and if injury were to strike again (let’s sincerely hope it doesn’t) then you worry about where Liverpool go from there.

The question is, would Sissoko be the answer? If the Momo Sissoko that left Liverpool in 2008 was available on a free transfer, then Liverpool would be mad not to enquire about bringing him back to Anfield as a squad player.

The worry is that I don’t think it’s the same player. As mentioned in the previous article, his battle with a recurring knee injury has perhaps left him weaker – then again, one would hope he wouldn’t be playing that many games and Lucas will be able to fulfil his duties.

Here is another scenario, if his Reading deal falls through, would it make sense for Liverpool to offer him a two week ‘trial’ or invite him to train for two weeks to see if he is fit enough to act as cover?

Other than Javier Mascherano and Lucas, there hasn’t been a player that has effectively broken up the play as well as Sissoko managed to. I’d want to see much more of the player up close to give them a contract personally.

Is it an avenue worth pursuing? Why not? What harm could it do?

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