Liverpool’s summer transfer business is already well underway and as expected it is being led by departures. Dejan Lovren is reportedly on the verge of joining Zenit Saint Petersburg in an £11m transfer, leaving a glaring gap in defence. Liverpool selling Dejan Lovren surely must mean buying a centre back this summer.
An inevitable transfer
Dejan Lovren leaving Liverpool comes as no surprise. The Croatian has been rumoured to be leaving the club for a couple of seasons now.
Fans have gotten the impression that Michael Edwards has been prepared to sell him but only at the right price, hence why he has stuck around longer than expected.
The defender has fallen down the pecking order and is now fourth choice for Jürgen Klopp, as a World Cup finalist he should be starting every week somewhere – this move makes sense for everybody.
Youth not ready
Liverpool do have a few strong youth prospects in the centre of defence. The incredibly talented Ki-Jana Hoever has appeared at right back when he’s played for the first team but his long term future is thought to be in the middle.
The towering Sepp Van Den Berg has a bright future ahead of him and has shown that he can compete in senior football given that he was breaking records playing for PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie.
Although both of these youngsters are talented they aren’t ready to be relied upon in the Premier League, even as a fourth choice.
Liverpool need a centre back
Dejan Lovren’s impending departure can only mean one thing: Liverpool will need to buy a centre back.
The Reds have been linked with a number of defenders in the last few months but the most sensible option by far is Ben White.
The Brighton & Hove Albion youngster has been a leading light of Leeds United’s title winning campaign and has shown all the attributes necessary for playing in Jürgen Klopp’s defence: he is composed and intelligent on the ball, he is quick and rarely brash.
At just 22-years-old he is the ideal age for replacing Dejan Lovren, he can step up when needed and learn on the job.