Former Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka proving key to Sevilla's impressive form

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In just a matter of weeks, Yevhen Konoplyanka has transformed himself from a fringe player amongst Sevilla's ranks to one of their most important players.

Since joining the Spanish side, the winger has taken a while to hit the form which made him so coveted last summer, but he's certainly hit his stride following a run of excellent form.

One of his best performances of the season came away at Manchester City last month in the Champions League, against whom he terrorised and scored. His display went a long way to securing the trust from his teammates - when you perform well on one of the biggest stages, it bodes well for the rest of the campaign.


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And the Ukrainian's form only continued to excel during Sevilla's 5-0 demolition of Getafe at the end of October, in which he was spectacular.

Sevilla's decision to sign Konoplyanka has been justified, then. He's lightning quick, skillful and has an eye for the goal, but for one reason or another many clubs were reluctant to take a punt on him. 

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What is Sevilla's gain was ultimately Liverpool's loss, given that the Reds were linked with the Ukraine international in January 2014. Watching the contrasting fortunes of Jurgen Klopp's side and Konoplyanka this season, it seems the Merseyside outfit missed a trick.

The Anfield side boast an abundance of creative midfielders - Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and even James Milner can unlock a stern defense - but they are all lacking one thing.


As opposed to last season, where Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling were swift on the counter attack, Liverpool look completely pace-less this time around.

There were doubts about Konoplyanka's ability to adapt to the Premier League, but surely he was worth a gamble - especially considering the fee Liverpool paid out for Lazar Markovic.

Whilst the English club struggle for goals in the Premier League, Konoplyanka will be showing just what they missed out on when Sevilla renew battle with City next Tuesday.

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