Rumours continue to speculate that Ruben Neves could leave Porto and that Jonas Hector will be departing Cologne.
If you had to look at Liverpool’s team and suggest where Jurgen Klopp would be wise to strengthen, it would be at left-back and in defensive midfield.
Ruben Neves – Worth it?
According to the Daily Star, Ruben Neves has a release clause of £36 million which would mean that if Liverpool is seriously interested in signing the Portuguese midfielder, then a real investment will need to be made.
You could argue that paying £36 million for Neves, a player yet to reach 20 years of age, is money being spent rashly, but such is his potential and talent that it can be justified. Neves burst onto the scene with Porto in 2014 and captained the side in the 2014 Champions League at the young age of 18.
Liverpool really could do a lot worse than to attract a player of Neves’ capabilities, especially when you consider that he is still a decade away from his prime. There would be the question of where he would fit in as the Reds’ have real depth in quality as far as midfield is concerned.
So far this season, a midfield triumvirate of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum has been highly successful in carrying out Klopp’s high-pressing game. With Lallana and Wijnaldum both suffering from respective injuries a midfield trio of Hendo, Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho saw the Reds draw with Manchester United at Anfield.
While Neves would not walk into the side, he would do a great deal to foster the sense of competition within the Liverpool side, but at £36 million it may not be the wisest move. Club owners FSG might take to the idea of signing Neves given his potential resale value in today’s market.
Jonas Hector – The missing piece in the puzzle
For all the good that James Milner has done on the left side of defence this season, there is something assuredly better about having a natural left back in the side.
While I am definitely not advocating for the return of Alberto Moreno to the side, there is a level of comfort that the Spaniard has at left back that Milner doesn’t on account of being right-footed.
In the summer transfer window, Jonas Hector was hugely tipped to become a Liverpool player but there was an unwillingness from the club to fork out the money that Cologne was demanding.
You can forgive Klopp and his team for not investing at left back given Milner’s success this season, but Hector, a seasoned international would complete Liverpool’s defence.
With Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren becoming more and more comfortable together, Nathaniel Clyne being so reliable and Loris Karius learning the ropes, Hector would bring so much balance to a side which has been plagued with issues at left back since John Arne Riise left the club.
The Express has linked Liverpool, yet again with a move for Hector and should this prove fruitful, the Reds could have one of the tidiest back fives in the country. A move for Hector would set Liverpool back £30 million but it would be well worth it.
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