Liverpool have the best first XI in the world, more importantly they have arguably the best central defender of the 21st century. Whilst Joe Gomez has proved to be more than up to the task of partnering Virgil van Dijk, there are questions over the long term fitness of the Englishman. According to ABC, Liverpool are looking at Diego Carlos of Sevilla to partner Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds signed Virgil van Dijk in January 2018, paying a world record transfer fee for a defender when they handed over £75m for the Dutchman.
He has since established himself as the best defender in the world bar none. One issue has been his partner in defence – Joe Gomez has become the first choice to play alongside Virg but he has had a few injuries in the last year.
According to ABC, Liverpool are looking to splash £65m on Diego Carlos with a view to having a consistently healthy partner for Virgil.
The 185cm tall Brazilian defender has made 25 appearances in La Liga this season, scoring twice and winning 2.6 aerial duels a game.
When asked about clubs such as Liverpool being interested in Diego Carlos, Sevilla sporting director Monchi told ABC:
“There have been players who have performed at a very good level and we have said no to calls. It is not something that worries me.”
What RTK has to say
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this interest, El Desmarque recently reported that the player was aware of Michael Edwards’ January interest but wanted to stay until the summer.
We aren’t convinced of The Reds wanting to bring him in.
When we have Joe Gomez and Joel Matip performing at such high levels and plenty of youngsters ready to step into the role of fourth choice, spending £65m on another centre back doesn’t make sense.
However, if the club are that uncertain about Gomez’s fitness then we will trust their decision, we would just strengthen other areas first.