Liverpool’s next foray into the Transfer Market
A world cup winner, scorer of the best goal of the tournament, (yes, that stunning volley against Argentina), and lauded by Didier Deschamps. Yet, Benjamin Pavard was something of an unknown quantity on the international stage, as France prepared to embark on what would be a historic campaign. Indeed, you could forgive fans for scratching their heads at Deschamps decision to field, at right-back, a player with only four senior international caps to his name.
Deschamps: “Benjamin has become a star, and he deserves it”
However, one man who wasn’t surprised by Pavard’s performances, Michael Reschke – Sporting Director at Stuttgart – spoke highly of the young defender following a magnificent equaliser for France in the last 16 of the World Cup. Good technique and tactical nous were singled out, but, most importantly for Reschke, was Pavard’s decision making: “He doesn’t do the outstanding things to shine; he does them because it’s the right solution at that moment. That’s what’s special about this guy”.
Reschke conceded that Pavard’s future lies with the ‘big clubs’
Having surpassed expectations on the world’s biggest stage, Pavard has turned the heads of several European clubs. According to claims surfacing from The Mirror – which sourced speculation from KickOff – Bayern Munich, Tottenham, and Liverpool are the biggest names keeping tabs on the France international. Although, with a contract running until 2021, any interested party would be expected to cough up the alleged €35 million release clause – provided Stuttgart fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Whilst, at the present time, a potential move to Liverpool looks highly unlikely, it is worth considering that Pavard would tick a number of boxes for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side. Highly versatile, a much sought-out trait in ‘Klopp players’, Pavard can operate across a range of positions, including centre-back, right back, and, to a lesser extent, as a holding midfielder.
Despite Liverpool boasting a range of centre-back options, Pavard’s resilience throughout the prior season, having missed only one game in 2017/18 – a DFB-Pokal match following a broken nose – could be enticing for Klopp, considering Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip’s injury woes.
Should Stuttgart not qualify for the Champions League, €35 million in such an inflated market could prove to be a bargain for such a highly regarded player.