by Matt Farr
Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi has turned his back on speculation linking him with a January move to the Premier League.
The 22-year-old has insisted that he is fully focused on his current role with the Championship club, and is not thinking about a move.
Liverpool have been named as one of several clubs interested in Amavi, with Jurgen Klopp keen on bringing the left-back to Anfield as a replacement for the unconvincing Alberto Moreno.
Amavi has re-established himself within the Aston Villa setup under new manager Steve Bruce following a long injury lay-off, and has been praised for a series of impressive displays.
Villa have won four of their last seven games, and are unbeaten since the shock defeat to Preston on October 1. They are currently 11th in the Championship, four points behind the play-off places.
The France U21-international told SoFoot: “For now, I’m at Aston Villa, they rely on me.
“Personally, I feel well at Aston Villa, the atmosphere in the group is good, the facilities are beautiful, the city is beautiful too. Despite the fact that we’re in D2 (Championship), I am at Aston Villa,” he continued.
“Today I play, I try to get back to my best.”
Liverpool are in the market for a left-back, with Alberto Moreno currently their only option in the position. But Moreno has been criticised by both fans and the media for his performances in the position, and Jurgen Klopp has since found other ways to fill the role.
Midfielder James Milner has stepped in to fill the left-back position this season with some aplomb but is not a long-term solution in that position.
Klopp’s side are just one point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, and the German boss will be keen to strengthen his squad ahead of a title push.
Football Insider verdict:
Jurgen Klopp has had just over a year now in charge at Liverpool, and has had enough time to assess the squad and the areas that need strengthening. The club spent a lot of money in the summer transfer window, and it appears to be paying dividends with Liverpool’s recent form and league position. However, if the Reds are to maintain their title push, Klopp may need to buy a few more players. Perhaps the most important position is defence and with just one option at left-back, that is where Klopp should aim to strengthen first. Alberto Moreno can be a good player, but does not do it consistently enough to keep the fans happy and the critics silent. A young player like Amavi would stay true to Klopp’s desire for younger talent, and could be available for a realistic sum. Despite Amavi’s claims, a return to the Premier League, as well as the potential for Champions League football next season, could well be too good an option to refuse.
In other Aston Villa news, striker Rudy Gestede is a January target for West Brom manager Tony Pulis.