Why didn't Liverpool try harder to sign Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko?

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The powerhouse midfielder's performance against Queens Park Rangers yesterday showed just what Liverpool are missing.

Last summer, Liverpool were linked with a move for Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Nothing came of the reports and the Reds duly pursued other targets.

Meanwhile, the Frenchman has gone about his business at St James' Park and is showing once more just how good he is at bombing forward for Alan Pardew's side.

But the question is: why didn't the Reds try harder to sign the Magpies midfielder?

No matter how much Newcastle wanted to keep Sissoko, Liverpool faced similar reluctance from Southampton with Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. They drove a hard bargain and subsequently forced Brendan Rodgers to part with £45 million of his club's money.

Since, Lallana has been in and out of the team and Lovren has been constantly out of form.

Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic, meanwhile, cost a combined £36 million. Clearly, the Anfield outfit were willing to spend big. But big spending needs to be saved for the right players.

  Accurate PassesDribbles WonChances CreatedTackles WonAppearancesMins Played
Steven Gerrard 592 1 25 15 11 990
Jordan Henderson 516 4 19 23 11 915
Jack Colback 422 5 16 11 12 1,059
Moussa Sissoko 396 26 15 9 12 1,079
Rémy Cabella 321 17 22 20 11 723
Raheem Sterling 307 30 26 14 11 913
Philippe Coutinho 250 22 6 7 9 534

As Opta stats show, Sissoko has completed more passes than any Liverpool midfielder bar Jordan Henderson and skipper Steven Gerrard so far this Premier League season. He was also won more dribbles than anyone bar Raheem Sterling and created 15 chances, winning nine tackles too.

The Frenchman's goal against QPR, meanwhile, was an example of exactly what the Reds currently don't have - and desperately need. Sissoko is able to take any game by the scruff of the neck and make a long-strided run that will change that game.

How Liverpool could do that with that quality in midfield. It is something Gerrard would do in his prime on a regular basis.

Why, then, did the Reds not try harder to secure the 25-year-old's services? Newcastle may have tried to keep him at all costs  - but it certainly seems as though Liverpool misplaced their recruitment priorities. A bid or two at the very least could have made all the difference to their season.

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