Nathan Ake could solve two problems for Liverpool in just one transfer. The Dutchman is reportedly available after Bournemouth went down.
The Daily Mail claimed recently that Manchester City were considering a move for Nathan Ake. Bournemouth, who did hold a £40m asking price for the player, will likely drop their demands after relegation.
That leaves Ake available for willing clubs, potentially at a tempting knock-down price. That makes him a player we see as a decent fit for Liverpool after Dejan Lovren left the club.
Ake would be an experienced Premier League defender at a good price. He’s also 25, which is ideal for the Liverpool first team – he’s experienced enough to play but young enough to learn.
In all, he seems ideal to replace Lovren. But that’s not all he can do.
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Not a first-choice left-back, of course. Andy Robertson has that position under wraps but there isn’t any recognised cover for the Scot, outside of James Milner.
Ake, however, could fill a similar role to the one Joe Gomez plays. Gomez is primarily a centre-half but has frequently deputised for Trent Alexander-Arnold when the Scouser needs a rest.
That could be a tempting role for Ake, then. It would double his opportunities in the team, meaning he’s not simply competing for the spot next to Virgil van Dijk. As he’d come in as a squad player, that’s vital.
And from Liverpool’s point of view, they wouldn’t need to clog up their squad with two backup players. Instead, they could have one very talented and versatile player.
It certainly seems likely that Ake will move in the transfer window. If and when he does, Liverpool should strongly consider getting involved.