Liverpool have established themselves as one of the niftiest recruiters in the game in recent seasons. Michael Edwards has consistently found value in the transfer market, buying diamonds in the rough for a snip and selling deadwood for a premium. The Reds should be looking to the Bundesliga for their next bargain; Liverpool should try and bag David Alaba on a free transfer if the Austrian fails to agree new terms with Bayern Munich – here’s three reasons why:
David Alaba has been one of the finest full backs in the world for nearly a decade now. The Austrian has been a mainstay in the Bayern defence since 2011.
With the defender’s contract at Bayern expiring next summer he will be available to negotiate a free transfer from January.
To bag a player with Alaba’s class and experience on a free transfer would be a bargain to say the least, in the current market he is surely worth tens of millions (with a longer contract).
Jürgen Klopp is a sucker for a utility man, the German gaffer is a massive fan of player who can perform multiple roles in a side, just look at James Milner.
Alaba is notorious for his versatility. The Austrian has played just about everywhere in his professional career, from left back to right back to centre back and centre midfield – he has even popped up as a striker for his national side.
James Milner has been Klopp’s go to utility man since his own free transfer back in 2015 but with the Englishman approaching the age of 35 he will need replacing in the near future.
Winning titles isn’t just down to ability, it takes a winner’s mentality. Kopites learned this the hard way when a youthful Reds side fell just short in 2013/14.
James Milner brought a winner’s mentality to Anfield, Alaba could bring it from the Allianz.
In his club career David Alaba has amassed an embarrassment of trophies; he has lifted the Bundesliga nine times as well as the Champions League and Club World Cup.
Having a serial winner in the side lifts the players around him. Whilst Alaba may demand astronomical wages he would be worth his weight in gold given his experience, versatility and lack of a transfer fee.