Liverpool journalist Peter Harris has suggested that Aston Villa centre-back Ezri Konsa could be a good signing for the club in the next transfer window.
Harris says that he has been impressed by Konsa when watching him and has even compared his stats to that of Virgil van Dijk’s for Liverpool. He says that Konsa has actually bettered the Dutchman in several aspects of his game so far this term for Villa.
“Aston Villa’s Konsa is a player that actually has interested me once. I’ve seen him, he’s actually got very similar stats to Van Dijk, he’s got more clean sheets, he’s actually had more aerial battles won this season and he’s contributed one goal already.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Judging a player after just five games in a season is a dangerous thing to do. Konsa has had an excellent start to the season, with a WhoScored rating of 7.28, but he needs to produce over a larger period of time to show that he can be consistent with his performances. For example, Patrick Bamford has already scored six Premier League goals this season, so does that mean he is as good as Mo Salah on the same amount of goals? No, because he has not been able to show it on a regular basis – as Salah has in recent seasons.
Last season, Konsa averaged a score of just 6.47 across 24 Premier League start for Villa, a far cry from his displays in the current campaign. Only Norwich (75) conceded more goals than Villa (65), showing that Konsa was not able to have a huge impact on their defence in his first season with the club. At this point, it is impossible to say whether this is just a blip in form and that he will revert back to last season’s levels or if he will be able to maintain it and push on further in the coming months.
So, it could make sense to just wait and see how Konsa’s season for Villa develops between now and next May. If he can end the campaign having maintained a high standard for Villa in the Premier League then he could be a player that Liverpool decide to look at, but it is far too early to make any definitive judgements just yet.