Grzegorz Krychowiak is a two-time Europa League winner, a £24 million PSG player and a 54-time international who has represented his country at the European Championships and the World Cup. He is also Liverpool’s most risky transfer target in years.
According to the Sun, the Reds are interested in signing Krychowiak as Jurgen Klopp looks to plug the gap left by the departure of Emre Can, who moved to Juventus this week after his contract expired.
But why would a player with such an impressive CV be viewed with a great deal of suspicion by Liverpool fans? Well, because the last two years have been an absolute nightmare.
He was one of Europe’s most respected defensive midfielders when he swapped Sevilla for PSG in the summer of 2016, but to say he flopped in France would be an understatement. Krychowiak looked completely out of his depth alongside a higher calibre of teammate and made just seven Ligue 1 starts all season.
He then spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan at West Brom, although that hardly enhanced his reputation. Krychowiak failed to live up to expectations as the Baggies finished bottom of the Premier League.
And, only two weeks ago, his Poland team crashed out at the group stages of the World Cup with Krychowiak, who gifted Mbaye Niang Senegal’s winner in the 2-1 defeat with a misjudged back-pass, one of the worst performers.
So Liverpool would be signing a talented player but one in arguably the worst moment of his professional career.