Liverpool Transfer Rumours – Defenders

In light of our recent injuries in defence to Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Joel Matip. Leaving us with only two fit Central defenders. I’m going to take a look at Defenders.

 

Benjamin Pavard

This 22-year-old French International plys his trade for VFB Stuttgart, Benjamin, is looking for a move away from his Club. Bayern Munich, are leading the chase for the Young Frenchman. The player is believed to have a €35 million buyout clause. His dream is to play in the Champions League, so we can offer him that. Pavard, can play in many positions across the defence, his main position is Centre-back, but he can play right-back. France used him as a right-back in the World Cup, and he scored the goal of the tournament from that position.

This transfer would be more for the long-term, the player is currently injured, he suffered a thigh injury and will be out until early Jan. It would take some persuading to get him to Anfield, but it would be well worth the effort as he’s going to be a World Class Defender in the future. His current value is way below current market value for a player of his calibre.

This is a no-brainer in my eyes, I hope Jürgen Klopp, sees it that way too, I just hope that Bayern haven’t already beat us to him.

 

Toby Alderweireld

The 29-year-old Belgian, has only 6 months to run on his Spurs deal, so maybe a potential bargain could be had here, only problem is, would Spurs want to sell him to us? How much would they want for him? They wanted more than £50 million from Manchester United in the summer, but his market value now would be about half that. Toby, is a brilliant defender and would be a great option, as he’s so much experience in the Premier League. With our injury crisis in defence, he’s ready to start from the 1st of January, if we could complete the deal.

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I’m not convinced our owners would go for this player, unless Spurs lowered their value of him. He’s 29, so we’d have no chance of recouping money, if we ever wanted to sell him.

 

Kalidou Koulibaly

What a great defender the Senegal International is, and we’ve seen it first hand, apart from one mistake to let Salah in. But he can be forgiven for that, as Salah rips most defenders apart. Koulibaly, won’t come cheap, Napoli have slapped a €100 million price tag on his head. Manchester United, have been interested in him, I’m not convinced that Liverpool hold an interest, but a partnership of him, and Big Virgil would be immense. It would be by far, the best in Europe!

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I’m not sure Liverpool would pay the amount Napoli want for their 27 year-old centre-back. But we can only dream!

 

Matthijs DeLigt

He’s got to be on my shortlist,  as he’s my No1 choice from all possible targets, I’ve already had him on two of my previous transfer articles, so here’s a link to my article!  DeLigt.

 

James Tarkowski

We’ve been linked with this Burnley defender on many occasions. He’s recently become an England international, so he must be doing something right. The 26-year-old is a no-nonsense defender, good at tackling and never afraid to get stuck in, he’s good in the air too. He could do a job for us if we went for him, but I don’t see him as the full time partner for Van Dijk, as Gomez is a better player.

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I’m sure if Liverpool went for James, the fans would back him all the way. Just look at Andy Robertson, who could’ve predicted how well that move would turn out. So if the club sign any player now, I’m behind them 100%.

 

Harry Maguire

Harry, recently penned a new deal with Leicester City, so any move for him wouldn’t come cheap. We could’ve signed him a few years back for a fraction of his current value. Phil Thompson urged Liverpool to sign him during the World Cup, He said,

“I’ve been a big fan of Harry Maguire since his days at Hull City.

“Since then he’s got better and better. He’s had a fantastic World Cup so far.

“I was saying long before the tournament started that he has all the attributes needed to be a Liverpool player.

“He’s big, he’s strong and positionally he’s very good whether as a two or a three at the back.

“He’s a lot quicker than people give him credit for. He dominates in the air and that’s a major asset both defensively and offensively.

“He’s also very comfortable on the ball. He’s better than John Stones when it comes to passing it out from the back.

“Harry has been one of the best defenders in the World Cup and he certainly fits Liverpool’s philosophy. I can’t speak more highly of him.”

A glowing tribute from Phil Thompson. I don’t see us move for Harry at present, as his value would be inflated, because of his new deal.

 

Jamaal Lascelles

The 25-year-old Newcastle defender won’t come cheap, as he’s recently signed a new deal with his club. He’s been linked to us on many occasions. He wouldn’t be top of my list, as there’s plenty of better options in the market.

Jamaal, has a great pass and is a decent defender, in saying that I just don’t see us going after him.

 

Jonathan Tah

Another player we’ve been linked with before, he’s recently signed a
new deal with Leverkusen until 2023. The 22-year-old German International has been tipped for big things. Some of the biggest clubs around Europe were scouting this lad. This young lad is big and strong, comfortable on the ball, has a great pass and isn’t afraid to put his foot in. I wanted us to sign him before, and if a deal could be done, I wouldn’t be against it.

I hope he’s on our shortlist, as he’d suit our team very well. I just hope that we’re scouting him too. 

Dayot Upamecano

This 19-year-old plays for RB Leipzig, in the Bundesliga, the French U-21 player, is tipped for big things. He’s in his third season at Leipzig, and has already played in 70 games for his club, and he’s nailed down the centre-back position. Dayot, ‘has the world at his feet’, according to Bundesliga.com. We don’t get the opportunity to watch him play week in, week out, and back in Germany, he’s seen as one of the best in the league. His main attributes are his pace, strength, comfortable on the ball, and he’s great at tackling, if this player is available for the right price then it’s a no-brainer.  I’ll drive him to Melwood myself.

If rumours are to be believed, Southampton have bid £30 million for Dayot, and want to reunite him with his former coach, Ralph Hasenhuttl.  If this is true, then he’s for sale, so we should be all over this transfer. Get him in now rather than pay double in 2 years time.

 

Feel free to comment on my shortlist of Defenders, did I leave anyone out?

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