Reports claim that Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, are looking at Ruben Dias. The Reds should let the defender go elsewhere, though.
The Express say that Tottenham are looking at Dias, where they also mention Liverpool and City. They say that the 22-year-old has a release clause of around £80m, too.
This isn’t one that Liverpool should chase, however. Even if that does mean a talented player goes to a Premier League rival.
Dias is certainly a good player – make no mistake there. He’s a consistent defender for both Benfica and the Portuguese National Team, and he’s got that sought-after modern-day trait of being good on the ball.
In most other years, Liverpool should jump at the chance to secure his signing. But this is a Liverpool side with a selection of good, young defenders. And that doesn’t need an interruption.
Virgil van Dijk isn’t going anywhere, so any big centre-half signing is taking the role next to him. Joe Gomez currently has that and Liverpool certainly don’t need to replace him.
In fact, Gomez is about as good as a 22-year-old centre-back gets. He’s athletic, good with the ball at his feet, and getting better every game. Him and Van Dijk have a wonderful partnership together that Liverpool should persist with.
So, do Liverpool need a third-choice? No, not really. Joel Matip is a fantastic option, forming part of the Champions League-winning team last season and even winning a Premier League Player of the Month award this campaign.
But perhaps Liverpool need a fourth-choice? Maybe. Dejan Lovren is replaceable but we’re now talking about fourth-choice. Do Liverpool want to spend £80m on a complete squad player? Would Dias even want to be that?
The answer to both is almost definitely no. Instead, Liverpool should leave this one to City and believe in themselves to remain stronger than their rivals.