Liverpool should not forget about the transfer that Jurgen Klopp implied at in May
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Liverpool should not forget about the transfer that Jurgen Klopp implied at in May

Liverpool should not forget about the transfer that Jurgen Klopp implied at in May

What Liverpool does during the next three weeks of the transfer window will have a significant impact on their impending season.

Jurgen Klopp only partially achieved his goal of having all contracts signed before the start of preseason two weeks ago. This is primarily due to Saudi Arabia’s continued interest in Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, which threatens the squad’s midfield structure.

Obviously, this will be an urgent matter to address, but it is not the only one. Klopp approached the need for center-back reinforcements with an open mind heading into the final portion of the previous season, a position that has not been addressed to date.

In May, the head coach stated, “We are currently searching for players in every position except goalkeeper.” “I would not deny the existence of a quality center-back if one existed. That is it. We examine every aspect of the playing field.”

As of late July, Rhys Williams’ loan to Aberdeen has been the only departure of a senior central defender this summer. Sepp van den Berg, who had not yet appeared in a Premier League match for the Reds, departed on a temporary basis to join Mainz.

While these two were not considered starters on Merseyside, the current backline is arguably inching towards a drop-off point – similar to the midfield situation last season – which, if not anticipated in advance, could have unsettling consequences.

Despite the fact that he is 32 years old, Virgil van Dijk remains the first name on the team sheet. Since his arrival two summers ago, Ibrahima Konate has established himself as a reliable companion.

This leaves Joe Gomez, 26, whose performance fluctuates based on playing time and injuries, Joel Matip, now 32 and with one year remaining on his contract, and Nat Phillips, who has occasionally emerged as a useful backup, but for the right offer will surely accept a chance at regular action. This summer, he has been linked to several clubs, including Leeds United.

It is baffling that the Reds have not yet addressed this department’s glaring flaws despite the department’s five senior options, each of whom possesses an abundance of talent but has evident flaws.

The Stamford Bridge inauguration day visit is rapidly approaching. There will likely be a need for successors for Henderson and Fabinho, but is there a chance that these developments have derailed the search for a central defender?

Obviously, there are additional factors at play. Levi Colwill of Chelsea has been the subject of the most intense rumors this summer. The Reds are monitoring the Liverpool fan from his youth, and it remains to be seen how his future unfolds, but he would not come cheap.

Goncalo Inacio of Sporting CP was also mentioned during the current transfer window, but Liverpool sources have dispelled those rumors.

The recurring characteristic of these two prodigies is their left-footedness. In the new system, Konate and Gomez may cover the right flank, leaving Van Dijk as the only left-footed player on the roster. Andy Robertson has adapted to play on the left side of a back three since April, when Trent Alexander-Arnold advanced into midfield.

Colwill suits the bill perfectly, having played in a comparable system for Brighton under Roberto De Zerbi last season. According to Fbref.com, the Under-21 European Champion made 17 appearances for the Seagulls, achieving an 88.2% pass success rate and winning 87.5% of his attempted tackles.

Once he reaches the age of 21, he will also contribute to the indigenous quota, making him a valuable asset. Mauricio Pochettino wants Chelsea’s academy graduate, but the Blues appear reluctant to part with him.

Are there any other alternatives? If Klopp is unable to secure a contract, he may be forced to look to Europe, where there is a growing pool of young, left-footed defensive talent.

Jorg Schmadtke, Liverpool’s director of sports, recently suggested that the Bundesliga could still yield results for Liverpool this summer. Nico Schlotterbeck and Piercio Hincapie are two outstanding talents in the Bundesliga.

Schlotterbeck moved to Dortmund only a year ago and has since established himself as one of their best defensive options. Speed and awareness were complemented by a keen eye for goal, resulting in four goals and five assists before an injury ended his season in April, preceding his team’s dramatic collapse on the final day of the season, which handed Bayern Munich the championship.

A year ago, he cost BVB €20 million + €5 million in add-ons; Transfermarkt currently values him at €40 million.

Hincapie also has reason to remain in Germany, having signed a four-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen in March. Despite this, Tottenham Hotspur has frequently been mentioned as a potential destination.

The 21-year-old Ecuadorian international has earned a reputation as a dogged defender. If the Reds approached the team managed by Xabi Alonso, it would be an intriguing conversation between the two.

If not, could the focus shift to France?

Due to his exclusion from Argentina’s World Cup squad last winter, Facundo Medina has remained largely unnoticed. He helped his club, RC Lens, finish second and qualify for the Champions League, establishing himself as the premier ball-playing center back in the process.

Overall in Ligue 1, he completed 90.2% of his passes, and 95.1% of those designated short distance (5-15 yards). With an average of 73.7 carries per 90 minutes, Medina becomes one of the hidden jewels of modern football. If Klopp were to acquire him and increase his 64% tackle success rate, it is impossible to say what kind of English superstar he would become.

It is evident that summer business at Anfield is far from over. However, it remains to be seen if a centre-back will dominate the headlines despite the midfield’s reconstruction.

Liverpool should not forget about the transfer that Jurgen Klopp implied at in May