Liverpool should rule out a move for Diego Llorente unless Dejan Lovren leaves the club.
AS claim the Reds have already made an offer of £22m for the Real Sociedad defender. Llorente, 25, has established himself in La Liga over the last few years and proven himself capable of playing both centre-back and defensive midfield.
That, naturally, will be a trait that appeals to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. Despite all that, though, the club need to be wary.
Llorente’s injury record over the 18/19 season is very worrisome. The Spaniard missed 15 games through injury.
That would worry any team but Liverpool already have their issues in the position.
Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip were both consistently fit, though. Van Dijk certainly isn’t going anywhere but Matip’s fitness makes sure he’s at Anfield next year, too.
If Liverpool were to bring in someone new, a defender would have to leave. Five first-team centre-backs is too much, for one thing.
Llorente’s injury record means Matip has to stay. Then between Gomez and Lovren, the latter would have to make way. Gomez is young, Lovren is not. The Englishman is the future in the position for Liverpool, provided he gets over the injuries.
Gomez’s injury problems should only improve, Lovren’s will likely get worse with age. The Croatian, signed for £20m in 2014, will be 30 next season and is unlikely to get back into a first-choice role, too.
If Liverpool want to sign Llorente, they will surely have to sell Lovren.