Liverpool will be quiet in the transfer market this summer. The Reds will have to be nimble with their incoming and outgoings as the club seeks to mitigate the financial impact of the global health crisis. The boss has already confirmed that they will be facing up to the financial realities of the situation. However, replacing Dejan Lovren could be high on the agenda with the Croatian rumoured to be leaving for Russia this summer. We have ranked and rated three potential Dejan Lovren replacements:
3rd – 6/10 – Sepp Van Den Berg
Aged 17-years-old Van Den Berg joined Liverpool last summer for a fee that could rise to £4.4m. The teenager had been breaking records in the Dutch Eredivisie and the Reds were excited to have bagged him ahead of competition from other European heavyweights.
The Dutchman has impressed during his time with the Liverpool U23s and is noted for his ball playing prowess.
However, the youngster is too slight of frame and inexperienced to be seriously considered as a replacement for Dejan Lovren. Whilst we expect him to have a long term future at the club now would be too early for him to take on such a prominent role.
2nd – 7/10 – Kalidou Koulibaly
Napoli’s talismanic defender will be dominating the back pages throughout the summer. The imposing centre back has been repeatedly linked with a move away and rumours seem to be gathering pace this time around.
Of course, if the defender were to join Liverpool it would be unlikely that he would replace Dejan Lovren, rather he would take up a starting berth and push Joe Gomez and Joel Matip further down the pecking order.
Whilst Koulibaly is one of the finest defenders on the planet this isn’t a realistic nor sensible move. The centre back would cost a king’s ransom and that just doesn’t make sense given Liverpool’s transfer business model.
1st – 10/10 – Ben White
The ideal replacement for Dejan Lovren is Ben White. The Brighton defender has spent the season on loan at Leeds United and has been critical to the Yorkshire side’s title charge.
White has played 43 times in the Championship this season, picking up two assists. He is just 22-years-old and is already showing a maturity and experience beyond his years.
As a Dejan Lovren replacement Ben White is perfect: he is young, good with the ball at his feet and he wouldn’t expect to be a starter week in week out – he would be ideal partner for Joe Gomez years down the line. White would also cost a pittance in comparison to the outlandish fee that Kalidou Koulibaly would command.