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Liverpool set to rival PL title rivals for 22-year-old Algerian defensive ace

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By Siddharth Juyal

Liverpool are ready to battle their Premier League title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City to sign Wolves defender Rayan Ait-Nouri

During the upcoming summer transfer window, Wolves left wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri is attracting interest from Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool for a potential signing. The 22-year-old has featured regularly for Wolves this season and attracted attention from several top clubs by showcasing his qualities.

Ait-Nouri’s 1.80 meters stature showcases the physical strength and balance needed to thrive in the Premier League. Playing for Wolves, Ait-Nouri has to fulfil the defensive duty more often than participating in attack which is his preference.

The 22-year-old has the stamina, understanding of the tactical requirement and pace to cover the left flank where he plays. He has the versatility to play as a left-back, left wing-back, left winger and also more centrally in attack.

PSG join Liverpool in the race to land Wolves star Rayan Ait-Nouri.
Wolves star Rayan Ait-Nouri has attracted interest from several top clubs including Liverpool. (Credit Athletic)

The Algeria international has the dribbling skills and close control that helps him go past defenders and produce threatening crosses. Ait-Nouri has the technical quality and creative vision to spot the right passes and crosses, finding his attacking teammates.

The 22-year-old uses intelligent movement and unpredictability to go narrow or down the byline to support the attackers. Ait-Nouri has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Wolves this season, contributing with three goals and two assists.

The Mirror reported that Ait-Nouri is a transfer target for Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal to bolster their defensive unit. Wolves value him at around £50 million and given his quality and age, the price is a bargain in this inflated market.

Liverpool have Kostas Tsimikas and Andy Robertson as their first-choice left-back but both players have struggled with injuries and inconsistencies. During January, the Reds deployed Joe Gomez when their specialist left-back faced the sideline due to their injuries.

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Ait-Nouri fits the profile that Liverpool desires and could be a young competition for Robertson under a new manager. The Algerian could be the fresh pair of legs that the Reds need to rectify their defensive problems.