Liverpool are in need of adding defensive reinforcement to their side this January window to avoid further use of second string and youth players which has cost them a significant amount of points this season.
Whilst the individuals may not be bad in quality and Jurgen Klopp has spoken very highly of them, the gap between those and starting centre backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez is stark.
Both Gomez and Van Dijk have serious knee injuries which will see the most likely miss the remainder of the current season and therefore a move for a player in January seems like an opportunistic time for Klopp and his side to bring in cover.
Brazilian midfielder Fabinho has been covering in a centre-back role and as arguably their best defensive midfielder has left another area of the pitch slightly weakened.
A number of names were linked with the Reds including Schalke’s Ozan Kabak, RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, Lille’s Sven Botman and Brighton’s Ben White. However, according to The Athletic, Liverpool are more likely to pursue a deal for a marquee signing of the aforementioned ilk in the summer.
Alaba too small
Another of the names on the list of players which Liverpool were linked with was Bayern Munich’s versatile Defender David Alaba. The Austrian international is in a predicament in Bavaria with his current deal at the club running out at the end of the season and with a consistent failure to re-sign with the German and European champions.
Reportedly, a deal was offered to Alaba but has since been removed from the table by club President Herbert Hainer.
“We submitted to David and his advisor some time ago what we think was a very good offer,” Hainer said. “During the last meeting we had said we wanted clarity by the end of October. We did not hear anything until yesterday and we contacted his advisor.”
“The answer was that the offer was still unsatisfactory and we should think about it again. We then decided to take the offer completely off the table.”
This has meant that, with just 6 months left on his deal, Alaba can negotiate with other clubs regarding a pre-contract agreement which would see him sign for a team in the summer.
Although, Liverpool have now been confirmed to not be a possible destination for the Austrian after he was considered to be too small for the type of player the Reds are after.
Liverpool did hold talks over David Alaba last summer, partly as he could also play left-back and to price a move for Thiago as they were in a similar situation. I’m told he’s smaller than their centre-back profile and they’re looking at younger optionshttps://t.co/yB22IhqSAW
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) January 13, 2021
With Liverpool out of the picture this has seemingly paved the way for a move to Real Madrid who have supposedly been the closest to signing him.
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