This week, the Daily Mail linked AS Monaco’s Geoffrey Kondogbia with a move to Liverpool in the summer, and the midfielder was in action on Wednesday night as the Ligue 1 side tried to eliminate Juventus in the Champions League.
Ultimately, Kondogbia and Monaco would come up short, but it didn’t stop the France international impressing on the biggest European stage.
At the Stade Louis II, Kondogbia was determined to push his team forward; his three shots led the Monaco attack and he was the only player to put one of their 12 shots on target. Only four players in his team touched the ball more than he did – 78 times - but it wasn’t just in the attacking sense he helped his club.
Defensively, Kondogbia was excellent on Wednesday. With five tackles and five interceptions, according to WhoScored, he was active at both ends of the pitch and did his reputation no harm at all.
What makes his performance even more impressive is when you compare it to how he has performed in the league. It was obvious that Kondogbia stepped up his game for the big occasion – this season he has only averaged 1.1 shots per game and 1.9 successful dribbles, compared to the three times he beat the Juventus midfield on Wednesday.
Even in defence, his average tackles made per game this season is 2.9 and he only makes 2.3 interceptions on average.
It either means that he stepped up to try and help his team, or he’s not playing to his full potential in Ligue 1. Either way, it’s obvious that he would be a phenomenal signing for Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool’s goal now is to finish in the top four, just so they have a chance to sign the wonderfully dynamic midfielder.