According to reports from Sky Sports, Liverpool are monitoring Eintracht Frankfurt’s Evan N’Dicka as a potential summer transfer target.
The 20-year-old central defender is a player in demand and is attracting attention from the Premier League with Arsenal also said to be interested in the youngster.
Interest has also stemmed around Europe with Valencia, Sevilla, AC Milan and Inter Milan also debating whether to make a move for the France U21s international.
Liverpool currently have four central defenders within their ranks with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren all highly rated and heavily utilised by Jurgen Klopp this season.
However, Van Dijk (28), Matip (28) and Lovren (30) are all in the peak years of their career and Klopp will need to think about integrating young talent into the defensive department if Liverpool are to remain competitive on all-fronts up until the German manager’s contract expires in 2024.
N’Dicka, despite his young age, has made 14 starts in the Bundesliga for Frankfurt this season and has had a number of shining performances in the Europa League this season.
The Frenchman also played a significant role in Frankfurt’s European campaign last season as the German outfit made it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition last season – eventually losing out on penalties to Chelsea.
With Lovren expected to leave the Reds in the upcoming summer window amid reports from The Mirror, the reality is that some defensive additions wouldn’t hurt.
Matip has been an outstanding addition for Liverpool – especially considering we landed him on a free. The Cameroonian defender hasn’t started at the back since sustaining a knee injury in October while Lovren has only made nine PL starts all season.
N’Dakia’s versatility could help Liverpool solve two potential voids in the team having been utilised at left-back on occasion by club manager Adi Hutter.
Currently, Andy Robertson is Liverpool’s only option at left-back with James Milner as the only reliable and experienced deputy.
Such versatility could come in handy with Robertson having featured in 28 of Liverpool’s 29 league games this season.
Depth is needed in Liverpool’s squad if they are to challenge for all of Europe’s top-prizes again next season.
The Reds have bright emerging talent in the form of Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever, but a team as adept and formidable as Liverpool will need to regularly bolster up and freshen out the squad if they are to maintain this ridiculous run of consistency Klopp has installed within the camp – and N’Dakia could be the perfect addition to add to the club’s already burgeoning array of young talent at Anfield.