Liverpool are considering a move in signing Newcastle United star Moussa Sissoko in the summer transfer window. The Magpies were relegated to the Championship after they finished in the bottom third of the 2015/16 Premier League table.
According to French publication L'Equipe via the Liverpool Echo, the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is planning to bring the France international back to the Premier League as he looks to bolster his midfield.
Sissoko is also linked with a move to Arsenal, reports the Telegraph, and is valued at £20m ($23.9m) by Newcastle. The midfielder even revealed his admiration for the north London club as he hopes to play for the Gunners in the future. However, a move to Anfield could be on the cards for the Magpies star man as he looks to leave his current employers this summer.
The 26-year-old was a regular inclusion in Newcastle's starting lineup last season, as he started in 37 league matches. His form has seen him make it to the France squad for the ongoing European championship in his homeland.
Sissoko has already expressed his desire to leave Newcastle following their relegation as he has set his sights on playing at the highest level.
"I gave everything there for three-and-a-half years. I hope that today [Newcastle] will be smart enough to understand that to continue my development I need to keep playing at the highest level," Sissoko told Foot Mercato, as quoted by The Guardian.
"As I want to stay in the France team I could not stay in the Championship. There will be discussions. I hope they will go in my opinion. I want to leave."
Rafael Benitez took charge at St James' Park in March and the Spaniard failed to help his side avoid relegation. The Newcastle manager has committed his future to the Tyneside club and is hoping to keep his star players, which includes Sissoko.
However, Sissoko informed the former Liverpool manager that he wants to leave his current employers in order to continue in the Premier League. He also expressed his delight after Benitez was keen on keeping him at the club.
"It is flattering that a coach like him, a great coach, wants to keep me, but I think he knows that I have got to a level where playing in the Championship would be difficult for me," he explained.
"I think he understands. I have already had a discussion with him. My representatives will have a discussion with him. I want to continue my career in England, at a club that plays in the Champions League because I think this best fits my style of play."