By Scott Taylor
Ibrahima Sissoko has reportedly been scouted by Premier League side Liverpool, as they look to rebuild their squad ahead of next season. The defensive midfielder, 18, currently plays for French side Stade Brest 29 after breaking into the first team at the start of the year. After signing his first professional with the club which keeps him there until June 2018, Sissoko has attracted interest from Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Although he has found game time hard to come by this season, he has played in the Coupe de France, filling in at right-back for their 2-0 defeat at Stade Briochin. The midfielder was close to signing for Newcastle last season, so interest from the Premier League is not new to both the player or the club.
He is a towering midfielder, measuring 194cm, and it was his attitude that also pleased the Reds. However, if they are to make a move for him, they will have to act fast, as a couple of Ligue 1 clubs are reportedly showing interest, according to French regional paper, ‘Quest-Framce’.
Sissoko has also represented his country at youth level, with the midfielder making three appearances for both the U18s and U19s. He made his debut for the U18s in April 2015, before making his step up to U19 level just four months later. He scored a minute after coming on in a friendly for his first goal for Ludovic Batelli’s side, proving he can also be an important asset going forward as well.
Should interest continue and Liverpool to start negotiations with him, it is likely that he is to feature for Michael Beale’s U21s or go out on loan in order to gain experience.