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Liverpool Would Be Making Mistake Buying ‘Headless Chicken’ Yevhen Konoplyanka, Says Oleg Luzhny

Reds appear on the verge of sealing a big-money deal for the winger. 

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Former Ukraine and Arsenal full-back Oleg Luzhny says that Liverpool would be making a big mistake buying Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Yevhen Konoplyanka in the January transfer window, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The Merseyside giants are reportedly on the verge of finalising a £16m move for the winger, with the club’s managing director Ian Ayre currently in the Ukraine negotiating a deal for the 24-year-old.

However, according to Luzhny, his compatriot’s style of play is completely unsuited to the fast-paced nature of the English Premier League.

“I don’t think the English league is right for him,” said Luzhny.

“Konoplyanka’s style of play is better suited to Italy or Spain. The game in England is totally different – it’s about power. You have to run back and forth, back and forth. You run at speed up and down, and it’s like that for 90 minutes.

“I saw how he played in the [World Cup qualification playoff] second leg against France, when Ukraine lost 3-0, and he was like a headless chicken.

“It is a completely different level. When you play in the Ukraine, you can afford not to run.

“In the match against France, it was evident that Konoplyanka barely runs at all. Konoplyanka is a good player, but he is suited to Spain or Italy, not England.”

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