Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka is "excited" by his prospective Premier League move and has claimed everything will "be clear very soon."
As reported by David Anderson of the Mirror, the 24-year-old is looking forward to securing a move away from Ukraine:
Konoplyanka is keen to leave Dnipro and says he is excited by Liverpool's interest.
"LFC?," he said. I"m so excited about it and soon you will know where I will play. It's all very serious. I'm shocked myself. It will all be clear very soon."
Although Tottenham were linked with a late attempt to hijack the deal, Simon Jones of the Daily Mail suggests the North London club have now "dropped" plans of mimicking Chelsea's late poach for Mohamed Salah.
At 24 years old, Konoplyanka is well-established in Europe and on the international stage. The winger's recent Europa League displays have outlined a player who boasts both an eye for goal and unselfishness on the ball, as noted by WhoScored.com:
Yevheniy Konoplyanka: Only 3 players registered more goals + assists in the Europa League group stages this season than Konoplyanka (5)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 29, 2014
Despite his consistent quality, not everyone believes Konoplyanka will be a success in England. Oleg Luzhny, former Arsenal player and Ukrainian international, says the player is a "headless chicken" who is "suited to Spain or Italy, not England," as reported by Colin Harvey of the Daily Star:
The game in England is totally different – it’s about power, you have to run back and forth, back and forth.
I saw how he played in the World Cup play-off 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.
Which league is Yevhen Konoplyanka most suited to?
Rodgers is excellent at ensuring his players work hard and employs an energetic approach to all of Liverpool's games. The Northern Irishman is also authoritative when he needs to be, as shown by his decision to substitute Daniel Sturridge during the recent Merseyside derby.
Sturridge, who scored twice in the match, blazed a penalty over the bar and acted greedily when failing to roll the ball toward Luis Suarez on another opportunity, when the Uruguayan was in front of an open goal. The Englishman was hooked shortly after, per Andy Hunter of The Guardian.
Should Konoplyanka link up with the Anfield boss, he will be forced to ensure he matches up to Liverpool's fast-paced, hard-working play. The club are making a real push for automatic Champions League qualification, and there's little chance of Rodgers standing for anyone to break the team's rhythm.
Of course, Luzhny's fears may be over-exaggerated. Konoplyanka has many facets to his game and can slot in anywhere across the midfield. If he mixes his willingness to dribble with forward-thinking passes, the likes of Sturridge and Suarez are going to thrive off the Ukrainian's service.
This deal appears to be entering the latter stages, and as Konoplyanka announced himself, we can expect to see further progress imminently.