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Liverpool are strongly linked with the Algerian footballer.

Yacine Brahimi would be an excellent signing for Liverpool

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With reports coming out earlier this week that Liverpool are extremely close to wrapping up a £45 million deal for FC Porto's Yacine Brahimi, he might just be the attacking player Jurgen Klopp needs ahead of next season.

The Algerian has played all around Europe, including Spain and France. He began his career at the French side, Rennes and scored six goals in 20 appearances.

He next moved to the Spanish side, Granada, before moving west across the border to Portuguese giants, Porto.

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At just the age of 26, a lot of people would say the Algerian playmaker is now reaching his prime in Portugal.

Brahimi scored 11 goals in 47 appearances this season, including one in the Champions League. 

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Strengths

A key weakness in the Liverpool side this season is at times holding onto the ball. Philippe Coutinho, when inconsistent, has been silly enough to lose the ball at vital stages. The same could be said about Jordon Ibe, as Liverpool fans criticise the young English midfielder for taking one too many touches, and consequently losing the ball.

Brahimi has been particularly impressive with holding onto the ball, and it's classed as one of his main characteristics about his play. Not only that, his passing for Porto this season has been impressive with an average of around 83% pass accuracy. 

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The strongest part of Brahimi's play is his ability to dribble. As this is his main style of play, the 26-year-old tends to cut inside and cause absolute mayhem in the box for the opposition's defenders. A key skill himself and Coutinho share, except Brahimi, is a lot quicker with the ball at his feet.

Despite Porto not progressing into the last 16 of the Champions League, it was this competition that Brahimi looked most dangerous in as he averaged around the 7.75 rating overall.

If Liverpool were to get top four next season, Brahimi could relish the opportunity to play in Europe but also under Klopp.

Weaknesses

Of course, every player has their weaknesses, but Liverpool fans may not like the sound of Yacine Brahimi's.

In a way, Brahimi is perhaps a step up from Raheem Sterling, who moved to Manchester City last summer. The reason behind this is that Brahimi's weakness is his ability to finish and get decent crosses into the box. 

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The ability to putting good crosses into the box will be vital this season, particularly if Liverpool plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation. As Brahimi prefers to play on the left side of an attacking midfield of three, crosses into the box to create chances will be important.

James Milner played in and assisted a lot of successful balls into the box, which paid off as Christian Benteke and Dejan Lovren scored important goals from crosses into their path.

His most notable performance last season could have been against Liverpool's rivals, Chelsea, as Porto beat the London side 2-1 in the Champions League last season. Not only did Brahimi cause a lot of problems for the Chelsea defence, he had a shot deflected into a path of a team-mate to take help his side take the lead.

Jurgen Klopp will be keen to improve Yacine Brahimi, however, the £45 million price tag may put off the German to bring the Porto player to Anfield. 

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